Alessi, Ralph / Vice and Virtue
Album: Vice and Virtue   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Alessi, Ralph   Added:Jun 2003
Label:Rkm Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-30 Pull Date: 2003-09-01 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 13
Airplays: 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 22, 2003: No Cover, No Minimum
Equal or Lesser Value
3. Jul 13, 2003: To the Moon
2. Jul 18, 2003: Memory Select
The Second Square One
4. Jul 11, 2003: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-29
Trumpet-drum explorations -- lots of freedom but in a "safe" melodic environment. Mostly energetic and bright. Alessi doesn't let his smooth-jazz roots show, thankfully, but even his most "out there" attempts come across pleasant and mannered. Shane Endlsey on drums adds ferocity and volume (a bit too much, sometimes).

Some tracks feature two trumpets and a trombone: 4,6,9

The concurrently released "This Against That" is a quintet album that has a fuller sound but lapses into corny habits more frequently.

1, 11 - Two takes on Ornette Coleman, similar sounding. Peaceful melody. 1 gets clattery in spots. 11 is gentler, features more technical tricks on trumpet
2- Brightly swinging (kind of). Carla Bley tune.
3- Improv, a fast patter. Pretty good.
4- Upbeat and flowing
5- Monk tune, mid/fast
6- Floaty
7- Upbeat, dancing brightness
8- Restrained trumpet, wild drums
9- Slowish; catchy overlapping horn lines
10- Fast ruiff and drum solo, into fast solos

Track Listing
1. Peace   6. Mask Upon Masks
2. Calls   7. If I Should Lose You
3. The Second Square One   8. Everyday Work
4. Post Scuffle   9. Equal or Lesser Value
5. Bye Ya   10. Soy Ink
  11. Peace