Album Review: Sharp 5 | Shine a Bright Light | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Sharp 5 | Shine a Bright Light

(Valley Jazz Records)

Sharp 5 refers to the augmented fifth, a chordal innovation championed by jazz composers, improvisers, and pianists. Depending on their context, they are sometimes labeled “dissonant,” but there is nothing dissonant about the gorgeous music of Sharp 5 (at least not in laypersons’ terms). Some of the Hudson Valley’s top jazz talents combine forces here on a Brazilian-flavored project, mixing original compositions with music by Kenny Barron, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, and King Crimson (!). Even when they are firing on all cylinders, as on “E Preciso Perdoar,” with Teri Roiger on lead vocals, Pete Levin on keys, John Menegon on bass, Nanny Assis on guitar and vocals, and Jeff “Siege” Siegel on drums, no toes are stepped upon. All the parts are crystal-clear such that you can practically hear the air flowing in and around them, which only adds to the arrangement’s hypnotic, mesmerizing quality.

Seth Rogovoy

Seth Rogovoy is the author of Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet, The Essential Klezmer, and the forthcoming Within You Without You: Listening to George Harrison. Seth’s writing on cultural topics is also featured in his Substack newsletter, Everything Is Broken.zx
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