Nov 1, 2011
"This CD is a response to this modern, swing-less, no-language - 'jazz' - that the labels are pushing, just like the Hard Bop response to Cool Jazz in the 50s and 60s," - Zaccai.Curtis.
Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai (piano) Curtis seem to have the antidote to jazz that is overly contemplative, or intricately constructed to the point of losing its swing. Their latest album, Completion of Proof is a hard bop throwback and proud of it. In the tradition of hard-driving brother teams from the Adderley brothers (Cannonball & Nat) to the Roney brothers (Wallace & Antoine), they are playing straight ahead jazz with a soulful streak.
The brothers wisely complete their rhythm section with powerhouse drummer Ralph Peterson, and then bring in Brian Lynch on trumpet, and three top saxophonists – Donald Harrison, Jimmy Greene, and Joe Ford. A Pan African flavor is added by percussionists Rogerio Boccato, Pedro Martinez, and Reinaldo De Jesus.
The highlight of the CD is a 3 part song cycle called “The Manifest Destiny Suite”, which despite its historical title and philosophical resonance, is composed of driving, percussive jazz that allows soloists to stretch out and take the tunes to some wonderful places. The underrated Greene (whose Live at Smalls was a great set played by a great band) and Ford are nothing short of sensational here, making a listener hope we hear even more from them in the near future. Check out “Mass Manipulation”, which has a terrific solo by brother Luques on bass.