Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mack Goldsbury Quartet feat. Maciej Fortuna – Active Rush (2013)

Mack Goldsbury Quartet/Maciej Fortuna

Mack Goldsbury - tenor & soprano saxophones
Maciej Fortuna - trumpet, flugelhorn
Shaun Mahoney - guitar
Erik Unsworth - bass
Ricky Malichi - drums

Active Rush

FM 014

By Adam Baruch

This album presents a collection of six live and one studio recordings by the American Jazz quartet led by saxophonist Mack Goldsbury and including guitarist Shaun Mahoney, bassist Erik Unsworth and drummer Ricky Malichi, which also features as a guest soloist the excellent Polish Jazz trumpeter Maciej Fortuna. This quintet recorded and released a couple of albums earlier on. The album presents seven original compositions, five by Mahoney and one each by Goldsbury and Fortuna.

I have never managed to figure out why Fortuna plays with this quartet, which is an epitome of American mainstream, devoid of any ambition or interest. He is by far a much more talented and skillful player than any of his partners herein and the music he plays with his own ensembles is infinitely more interesting and far-reaching. However, since this is his choice, we should respect it and decide if we want to listen to it or not.

Of course American mainstream spiced up by a brilliant trumpeter can not be all that bad and many Jazz listeners can enjoy this music in full. These are decent tunes and the playing is professional and vigorous, so there is plenty to like if you are into that kind of Jazz. Personally I'd rather wait for the next "proper" recording by Fortuna.

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