Alessi, Ralph & This Against That
between the lines, 2007, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O’s Notes: This is a fine quartet with Mark Ferber (d), Drew Gress (b), Andy Milne (p) and Leader Alessi on trumpet. Ravi Coltrane is the guest artist on tenor sax. Ralph wrote a dozen new songs for the session. “It’s Just A Toy” has an acid fusion feel with neobop rhythms over a club beat. “At the Seams” showcases Ralph blazing with his trumpet improvisation. They push the boundaries at times especially on”Lap Nap” and on several other tracks. We liked the dueling between Ralph and Ravi on “Old Beady Eyes” best.