Jazz should have a caution notice like your car's rear view mirror: "Warning: Objects May Appear Larger Than They Really Are." We've built a pedestal so high for those in our rear view that we've kind of forgotten to watch where we're going and enjoy the view.
That road ahead has a definite landmark: Band leader Nick Finzer. A Wycliffe Gordon/Steve Turre protégé, he studied at
Eastman and then Juilliard Jazz.
Finzer, a trombonist, is one of the most interesting young musicians on the New York Jazz scene today. His first album, "Exposition," was partially fan-funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It features five of the hottest young musicians working NYC today: Saxophonist Lucas Pino, guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Samora Pinderhughes, bassist David Baron, and drummer Jimmy Macbride.
What makes it special is that it's highly UNSAFE. It's not trying to flash itself into that rear view mirror that most Jazz fans seem stuck in. Instead, the album premieres 10 original compositions which Finzer wrote between 2008 and 2012, all of which are crammed full of high energy play and big ideas that are worthy of the launch of any of the artists, in that backwards looking space we go to, that we have hailed as "masters."
These guys are the real deal. On top of being a top-drawer, and highly in-demand trombonist, Finzer's compositions here are one of the strongest, and most fearless statements of what 21st Century jazz is all about.
Face forward, and see the new view from the next generation of the music. Their fearlessness deserves your ears, and your patronage. With the CD on sale at $4.99, how can you go wrong?
CD & MP3s at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nickfinzer