Review written by: Raul da Gama –
On Further Arrivals two forces of nature come together. One is the molten voice of Brian Lynch’s trumpet and the other is the very exciting European quartet that goes by the name: Bye-Ya! On the face of it this fine ensemble might appear to be a tribute to Thelonious Monk and, indeed, their chattering approach to music might well be the debt they owe to His Great Outness. However, the music dances to a Latin American rhythm and so, these three men and a woman are quite the singular musical entity, dancing to a beat that is all their own. And the more-than-passing-homage to Monk is clear from the spectacular “guaguanco” that is centered in his classic composition, “Evidence.”
Bye-Ya! gets its character from the supple bass of Mick Paauwe, a musician from the Netherlands, who—as Charles Mingus might has said—is one “nervy broad.” In fact, although she plays music in the Latin-American idiom here and elsewhere, Paauwe might owe her sinewy intonation as much to Mingus as she does to Andy Gonzalez from the mighty Fort Apache Band. Paauwe also has a voice that sings in harmony to Lynch’s trumpet with as much flair as she anchors the rest of the rhythm section in a manner that dances around the melodies with irresistible flair. The intention is not to dwell too much on the Monk chart, but this is very the center-piece of the album all the same.
Randal Corsen, the pianist and co-conspirator to Paauwe is the other lead voice in the group. Corsen is responsible for egging both Lynch and the bassist on as they twist and turn up and down the melodies, with solos that must heat up the lead-sheets to such an extent that they catch fire and burn as guaguanco, descarga, montuno and maracatu germinate and fertilize the musical seeds that explode and unfurl like gigantic Afro-Cuban and Amazonian whorls. Corsen has near-flawless technique and a robust tumbao. He also is brimful with ideas that seem to flow in dancing lines as they shuffle through the melodies. His soli are breathtaking and expressed with rippling intensity, best experienced on “Dance The Way You Want To.”
The two percussionists, Uruguayan-born drummer, Enrique Firpi and Jens Kerkhoff, the co-founder of this ensemble provide not just the shuffling rhythm, but also annunciate this with bold and subtle accents as the music demands. Both percussionists appear to feed off each other and in the culminating moments of “Arriba Abajo” raise their playing to an intensity that is stutteringly majestic.
Brian Lynch, who is well-known for his steamy Latin-American idiomatic phrasing revels in the volcanic atmosphere created by the other four musicians. Lynch recently released a spectacular album, Unsung Heroes: a tribute to some underappreciated trumpet masters, where he doffs his hat to such masters as Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, Claudio Roditi, Kamau Adilfu, Howard Mcghee and Charles Tolliver. He is playing with sublime mastery and his chops are as fine as any of the masters to whom he pays homage. A long way off from his days as a Jazz Messenger, Lynch plays with unquenchable fire here as he scorches through his own charts, “Further Arrivals” and “Dance The Way You Want To” and through the rest of the program, providing a glorious, bronzed approach to the Latin rhythms of Bye-Ya! on their wonderful third album.
Track Listing: 1. Further Arrivals; 2. Descarga # 1; 3. Mellotone; 4. Tranquilidad; 5. Evidence; 6. Downunder; 7. Dance The Way You Want To; 8. Arriba Abajo.
Personnel: Brian Lynch: trumpet; Randal Corsen: piano; Mick Paauwe: baby bass; Jens Kerkhoff: percussion; Enrique Firpi: drums.
Related links: Bye-Ya! The Latin Jazz Quintet on the web: www.bye-ya.com