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Cognitive Dissonance [Ralph Alessi]

  • 1. Cognitive Dissonance
    2. Buying, Selling
    3. Dog Waking
    4. Duel
    5. Plenty, A
    6. One Wheeler Will
    7. Sir
    8. Goodbye Ruth's
    9. Hair Trigger
    10. Better Not to Know
    11. Sunflower
    12. Same Old Story
    13. Option 8
    14. Wait
    15. Goodbye Ruth's [Slow]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CAM 5038

  • Credits
    EngineerBobo Fini

    Personnel: Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Andy Milne (piano); Drew Gress (double bass); Nasheet Waits (drums).
    Recording information: Context Studios, Brooklyn (09/10/2004-09/11/2004); Context Studios, Brooklyn (12/19/2005).
    Photographer: Ravi Coltrane.
    Ralph Alessi's striking sound is the first thing one notices about his trumpet playing. The veteran has been active on the New York jazz scene for some time, and for these sessions he's accompanied by the equally innovative pianist Jason Moran (spelled by Andy Milne on two tracks), bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Most of the songs are originals by the leader. "Cognitive Dissonance" is a playful opener that shows an Ornette Coleman influence, building upon a repeated line as its intensity increases, quickly turning into a rollicking performance. The hip "Buying, Selling" is full of sudden detours in its theme over a funky undercurrent. The avant-gardish "Duel" contrasts with the luxurious melody of his ballad "A Plenty." The free-form "Hair Trigger" omits piano, allowing Alessi more room to improvise over the driving bass and drums. The group dives full force into Sam Rivers' demanding composition "Sunflower," engaging its repeated motif with gusto. Milne is on piano for an imaginative reworking of Stevie Wonder's "Same Old Story," adding some adventurous accompaniment as Alessi plays its familiar theme fairly straight. All in all, this is a brilliant date by Ralph Alessi. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.63) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Alessi's compositions, perfectly designed for these compact expositions, range from freebop and Thelonious Monk-ish intrigue to some pieces that remind one of his M-BASE involvements."
    JazzTimes (p.50) - "With COGNITIVE DISSONANCE, Alessi steps up as a composer, packing 15 tracks into an hour and putting forth a commandingly fine and varied set..."
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