Drummer Tony Martucci has just released his new CD, Life in Hand. Recorded with old friends Marc Copland (piano), John D’earth (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Tom Baldwin (bass), the session features refreshing originals, and a new take on a classic standard.
With this, his fourth session as a leader, Martucci makes it clear why he is the first-call drummer in Washington, D.C., and a favorite of many New York musicians. (He’s performed with Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, Ellery Eskelin, Gary Burton, Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman, to name a few.) He’s cultivated an original and interpretative style that is both supportive and interactive, reflecting his deep understanding of the jazz tradition, and his broad stylistic influences and experience.
Like his other records, Life in Hand is marked by a sense of adventure and exploration, compositional depth, lyricism, and always group interplay. Although this was the first time the members of the quartet had played together collectively, they quickly developed an intimate bond, supporting each other’s ideas, songs, and creativity, bringing to fruition their collective vision. Each member has taken turns as a band leader, composer, and sideman. They bring all those skills to this session.
In a time when all too often music is heard in bits, Martucci carefully crafted this collection as just that, a complete listening experience, not just a random bunch of tunes. “Destiny and chance move together on the bandstand. Like dance partners. Stories told of people and places, as real as the sounds you hear. If you listen closely, the sound of the drum just may be that of your own heart beating.”