L.A. to Philly begins with Colangelo’s bass, again big as a house. The melody swings along with brief melodic tantrums inserted by the unison tenor and guitar line. The solos are more adventurous here. The quintet weaves in and out from the traditional to the almost avant-guard. This is not a “free” recording however the sensibilities of the ensemble seem to lean this way at times. As in This Way Out, the ensemble picks and prods each other to push the boundaries on the final vamp – This time Colangelo joins in.
The anthem One of Us, the only non-Valentino compositionbrings one of the sweetest and calming moments on Everything Starts Now. Mick Rossi shows a much more lyrical side here.
Track 5 entitled Contours takes off with a militant snare and bass drum duo followed by the tenor and guitar statement. Valentino, Rossi and Pedicin follow suit with solos. After the Rainbow is Over showcases Rossi’s formidable talents with his piano interlude. The contrapuntal interlude blooms into the final statement by the ensemble. The ending vamp here concludes with the ensemble coaxing each other out of the harmonic comfort zone.
Concatenation is a playful Monkish head followed by the tender and pensive ballad Another Day.
Everything Starts Now offers its last surge of energy on the angry swinger Later. PianistRossi and drummer Michael Sarin shine toward the end as the musical sparring session turns to drum solo. The haunting title cut leaves the listener with Pedicin’s waning tenor sound ringing last. A very fitting end to this musical journey entitled Everything Starts Now.
It’s interesting to note the influences in Michael Pedicin’s tenor playing throughout this recording. Mike is a veteran. He’s not a newcomer. At times I hear shades of Sonny, Jan, and the whole post-Coltrane thing. There are times when his tone seems closer to Lovano’s than the previous mentioned influences. What is certain is those years of listening, playing and absorbing the jazz culture has seen Mike transform into and artist with many influences and complex musical sides.
You can find out more about Michael Pedicin and his recordings at www.michaelpedicin.com