About Seamus Blake, Ari Hoenig, Mike Moreno, and Sam Yahel
Returning anew to the original record, it’s fascinating to re-discover how provocative Pink Floyd’s classic remains, and to hear how well this quartet’s collective interplay served that music. And how beautifully Sam Yahel’s organ-while not the dominant voice, surely a prominent presence-sets the aesthetic tone for these proceedings: nothing rushed or forced or extravagant…elegant and swinging and exploratory, never stepping on anyone’s toes-deceptively laid back and responsive, always listening intently, with plenty of rhythmic vitality…a sensibility he shares with collaborators Mike Moreno, Ari Hoenig and Seamus Blake, which goes a long ways towards explaining why their take on Pink Floyd’s music is so engaging and stands up so well to repeated listenings.
Featured Track on Wake Up Your Ears
The drum “heartbeat,” soulful Hammond B-5 organ and sax, and jazzy guitar set the scene on “Breathe,” and then the tempo picks up. It’s an auspicious exploration of the ultimate ’Floyd album, reworked as an improvised jazz suite. Listen to this one in the dark, and let your mind float downstream.
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