Posi-Tone, 2021, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
O’s Notes: New York based saxophonist, flutist and educator Alexa Tarantino assembles a band with vibraphonist Behn Gillece, pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Rudy Royston. Warm tones are the defining factor on all of Firefly with lead lines by Tarantino, and Gillece. It’s a strong set of midtempo and relaxed ballads, all originals by Alexa with one song from each band mate and two Wayne Shorter tunes. Highlights are plentiful including “Daybreak”, “Move On The Spirit”, “Lady Day” and “Rootless Ruthlessness”.