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‘Vol. 2’ showcases live chops of Portland jazz quintet PDXV

July 24, 2008
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Reviewed by Vivian Fields

PDXV/Vol. 2

The Portland, Oregon-based jazz quintet PDXV shows off their live chops on this consistently mesmerizing disc. Recorded at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland on February 9, 2007, Vol. 2 could be used to teach young jazz musicians on how veteran cats cut it in front of an audience. The band is a delight to listen to, and the superlative sound recording captures each instrument’s distinct personality from Dave Captein’s thumping bass lines on┬áThelonious Monk’s “Trinkle Tinkle” to Randy Rollofson’s robust percussion on Nicolas Folmer’s “Rhythm Form” to Greg Goebel’s scenic piano on Fred Hersch’s “Rain Waltz.”

Whether or not you’re familiar with these compositions (the album consists of all covers), it doesn’t matter; if you have a serious appreciation for jazz, you will be thoroughly entertained by how PDXV weave through these intricate grooves. Some cuts, like “Rhythm Form” and Joe Henderson’s “Our Thing,” are bursting with energy; while others, such as Folmer’s “I Comme Icare,” have the laid-back soothing textures of a warm summer wind.



About author

Julian Wilson, Editor, has been writing about different genres of music, from jazz to techno, for nearly two decades in print.