Featuring: Miguel Fernández (ts), Jason Palmer (tp), Marco Mezquida (p), Masatoshi Kamaguchi (b), David Xirgu (d)
01. Júpiter "The Second"
02. Capriccio MUT
03. Elástica, una flor (para Cris)
05. No Rain Allowed
06. Nono (para Nora)
09. Ocean Blood
10. La Monedita
All tunes composed and arranged by Miguel Fernández
Recorded and mixed in Barcelona by Josué Pascual
Mastering by Tyler McDiarmid
Cover art: Maria Bouza
Produced by Miguel Fernández
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
released July 20, 2015
Leading a quintet that combines zestful and pungent playing with relaxed yet controlled authority, saxophonist Miguel Fernandez here delivers a fresh, sparkling album of solid and original material. Throughout an impressively attractive program, he consistently applies his creative melodic intelligence to the needs of the music and the group with a deftly persuasive craft. And on tenor saxophone his own performance is a thoughtful synthesis of the work of bop and post-bop saxophonists, its flowing, luminous qualities enhanced by his purity of tone and a rolling, naturally propulsive sense of continuity. The intensity of the music here gradually ranges from more haunting moments into powerful but smooth, brilliantlky constructed transtitions to melodic statements. The solo work is excellent.
Trumpeter Jason Palmer contributes with fluid warmth, lucid sensitivity and melodic ideas, but keeps things hot and crisp, crackling with authority. Part of the music's success is also due to the sheer drive of the rhythm section, in which the buoyancy, virtuosity and imagination of Marco Mezquida on piano is a major plus. Employing everything from delicate, single-note lines to lush chords, he swings hard, but at his most characteristically personal it is his lyrical touch and ability to range coherently over the full keyboatd that stand out. Bassist Masa Kamaguchi's section work is strong, reliable foundation and his solos are economical and percussive, while drummer David Xirgu shows once more his ability to project arelaxed, floating rhythm feeling regardless of tempo. This is a group very much in rapport.