Dan Plonsey: Open Door and Desire
Plonsey’s astute layering and multi-tracking of his saxophone performances while at times symphonic in appearance actually translate into thoughtful and well-constructed compositions. Plonsey’s utilization of various saxophones at times produces music that seems liquid or elastic coupled with the oddball dashes of humor and wit. Here and throughout, Plonsey provides the listener with interludes or perhaps intermissions as he plays an electric keyboard which has that 70’s “cocktail lounge” feel, or reminiscent of an old Saturday Night Live skit featuring comic Bill Murray. On “Zali, Dali and Eggplant Thali”, Plonsey offers a change of pace while performing a soft, straightforward quasi-samba ballad along with processed drums and keyboards that segues into a large scale WSQ-style motif featuring more of his skillful multi-tracked sax choruses. “Open Door Triangle Fire” is a textured and quite frantic free-jazz piece as Plonsey pursues circular movement along with echo and reverb treatments.
We need to re-emphasize here, that Plonsey’s - layering of saxophones - approach indicates a whole lot more than someone just tinkering around in the studio at the listener’s expense. These are strong, solid and altogether intelligent compositions as Mr. Plonsey graciously welcomes us into his very diverse and at times unusual musical world .....Recommended listening! * * * *
Dan Plonsey: All saxophones, keyboards
Record Label: Felmay
Style: Modern Jazz