Cubist Music by Paul Edelstein

Cubist Music (Zoho) by Tad Hendrickson

CD Review AllAboutJazz.com

John Shelton's Top 21

Will Layman on Pop Matters

Jazz Times -April 2006

NPR- FRESH AIR Review by Kevin Whitehead

Cubist Music by Paul Edelstein
Accompanied by a world-class ensemble including Don Byron on clarinet, David Sanchez and Greg Tardy on tenor saxophones, Miguel Zenon and Steve Wilson on alto saxes, Drew Gress on bass and Bruce Cox on drums – Edsel Gomez makes a stunning debut on this Zoho Music release titled CUBIST MUSIC. Gomez’s idea of Cubist music is a translation of Cubist art from visual to aural in perception – a search for melodies or patterns that are perceived to have a beginning and an end. As a leader, Gomez has given his band mates an impressive guide for improvising and soloing using these “unitiffs” (unit patterns & melodic motifs) to bring about a deeper appreciation of the melody. The pianist/composer reaches deep into his Puerto Rican roots to pay tribute to his countryman “Juan Tizol” – the trombonist and long-time Duke Ellington sideman who composed “Perdido.” This song is, by far, one of the best on the CD. Further inspiration from his Puerto Rican homeland comes in the form of “Coqui Serenade” – which is named for a tiny croaking frog that has a distinctive night sound. The song captures the essence of this lively night creature by featuring the dual flute work of Wilson and Tardy interwoven with Don Byron’s clarinet and Tardy’s bass clarinet. In keeping with the Cubist theme, Gomez has written “W. 54th Street Theme” and “NYC Taxi Ride” as nostalgic Cubist portraits of the lively night life and atmosphere on the streets and neighborhoods he frequented. His piano is lyrical and serene, emotional and adventurous. Overall, this is an excellent debut with exemplary collaborations. Add CUBIST MUSIC to your jazz collection today