Keyboardist/Composer is soon to release “A Stitch In Time” from Mexican Mocha Music. The official release date is set for July 26th, 2011.
Prigodich may not be a household name in the jazz-fusion world to date but he is bound to make a lot of noise with “A Stitch In Time.” He is joined by Damien Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, John Nastos on saxophone, Brandon Woody, Rafael Trujillo, Patrick Lamb on saxophone, Tim Jensen on flute and Paul Mazzio. Production credits go to Emmy award winning producer David Mathew.
As previously mentioned many may not know Mike Prigodich the musician. He does however come with an interesting and inspiring story. Working a day job in the software industry, only recently did Prigodich begin to pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician. Diagnosed with cancer in 2008, Prigodich writes this of his experience, “This album is literally a dream come true and something I’ve wanted to do since childhood, but it took the life-changing event of a cancer diagnosis to give me the motivation I needed to make it happen. Like Lance Armstrong winning his first Tour de France, this project became my way to LIVESTRONG.”
The generous helping of 11 tunes on “A Stitch In Time” showcases a decidedly electric jazz sound not unlike Chick Corea’s Electric Band or Michel Camilo’s Latin-tinged fusion ensembles of a few years ago. Unlike The Electric Band, which featured alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Prigodich calls upon the capable tenor saxophonist John Nastos for most of the tunes. Other references to earlier contemporary jazz groups could certainly be made, however there is one thing that stands out to this listener. There is a true feeling of joy and happiness that comes out of the music – even within driving tunes such as the third cut A Measure Of Luck.
At Sixes And Sevens with its rhythmic precociousness is one of my favorite cuts. Prigodich and the ensemble transition seamlessly through several time feel changes. Prigodich solos first, Nastos second on tenor and finally the wonderful Damian Erskine on bass solos last. Nastos begins his solo tentatively, hinting at a melody and then continues to display some fine technical saxophone playing. He plays the altissimo as though the saxophone was intended to have 3 octaves. There is so much going on in this tune; Prigodich may actually have more than one composition.
Another high point for saxophonist John Nastos comes during his solo on The Wizard of Odd. Nastos seems to channel Michael Brecker during this ride. Elsewhere the influence is less obvious and here it is a welcome reference. Talented saxophonist Patrick Lamb is also featured on Stevieland. Both saxophonists seem to suit the Prigodich’s group well.
Upon first listening it is clear that several more listenings will be necessary to digest this musical offering from Keyboardist/Composer Mike Prigodich. Listening only once seems like standing in front of a giant buffet and trying to taste everything.
You can find out more about Mike Prigodich at www.mikeprigodich.com