Gilbert Engle is a musician, composer and artist who has been composing music for over 30 years. Gilbert started his career as a Java programmer. At age 47, he retired and has since dedicated his life to creating works of art and music full time. His music compositions include rock, jazz, fusion, blue grass and many other genres. This year Gilbert Engle has released the album “2016 Odd Time Jazz Fusion”, which features the players – Gilbert Engle (guitar), Peter Fraize (tenor saxophone), Marc Capponi (keyboards), Mike Pryor (bass), and Sean Peck (drums).
This is a phenomenal album. The music is highly experimental in its time signatures, tonally diverse and completely non-commercial. I would highly recommend this album to anyone who understands and embraces old style jazz with a twist of modern, avant-garde tendencies.
The album seems to have come from an era where cutting-edge, ‘difficult’ music could still find a home, so this is quite a surprise under the modern music ‘circumstances’. Gilbert Engle and the band make no compromises when they play; their envelope-pushing style is quite alluring.
Least you think that this music is all chaos; Gilbert Engle could’ve had the kids bopping since 1955 to now with these types of sounds that seems to embrace all eras. This is a collection of 11 tracks of beautiful, shimmering jazz with soaring horns by Peter Fraize and jangly counterpoint guitar rhythms by Gilbert Engle.
And what a beautiful blending of melody and rhythm this group has! An atomic clock could be set with what Peter, Gilbert do here. They obviously understand each other and their dialogue is rich and thoughtful…many of today’s players don’t swing like this anymore.
I enjoyed this album and the players not only individually for their virtuosity on guitar and sax, but the joy they bring to the process of creating music. This collaboration is an absolute delight – musicians at the top of their game, exploring original gems.
The notes that follow Peter Fraize’s playing are so enchanting, smooth, glistening, whatever you want to call it, that I was virtually transported to another time dimension and I believe I hallucinated a little, too.
This recording is high up on my top ten jazz recordings of the year list. All members of the band ably display their prowess and technique, which is amazing and fun to listen to, but their technical prowess is never unmusical or contrived, and they always swing hard and communicate perfectly. This music- largely because of Gilbert Engle’s eclectic rhythmic touch has an airy lilt to it: a fresh, liberated feel.
I don’t think you need to grab this–unless you strive for completeness in music. This wonderful album gets my unqualified recommendation, and should please both hard-core jazz fans and those who just dabble in it, to enjoy its intricacies. Some records epitomize groove, while others help define it.
“2016 Odd Time Jazz Fusion” belongs to that second category. With over 600 music соmроѕitiоnѕ, 50 albums, 200 viѕuаl works аnd 80 раintingѕ соmрlеtеd tо dаtе, it’s clear that Gilbert Engle can deservedly be called a true artist!
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