The amazing Jorge Rossy—pianist Brad Mehldau’s legendary drummer for over a decade—expresses himself on the vibraphone on Beyond Sunday, his most recent album on the jazz&people label. Jorge Rossy is impressive at the head of the Vibes Quintet. The quintet, which looks like a group of all-stars, includes tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, drummer and Miles Davis’s long-time partner Al Foster, double bassist Doug Weiss, and guitarist Jaume Llombart.
Even if the spirit of classical jazz hangs over this album, embodied by a well-established rhythm section and without major risks, the themes and vibraphone solos speak volumes about the technical abilities of the Catalan musician.
Jorge Rossy, who already used the vibraphone on his 2016 album, Stay Here, takes us all the way into his melodic environment here, armed with the resonance of this instrument that he masters with softness and percussive force (particularly on “Beyond Sunday”).
On compositions that are mostly by Jorge Rossy (except for the tracks “Kierra” and “Douglas” by Al Foster and “Introspection” by Thelonious Monk), improvisation, which is the heart of the album’s construction, gives it a virtuoso dimension; not surprising considering the players!
Jorge Rossy Vibes Quintet, Beyond Sunday (Jazz and People)