Quiver – Ralph Alessi
Following a remarkable ECM debut with 2013’s Baida, trumpeter Ralph Alessi releases Quiver, a thoughtful, immaculate record. Teaming with pianist Gary Versace and Alessi’ longtime rhythm section of choice – bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits – Quiver is an impressive follow-up complete with quick melodies, subtle rhythms, and moody lyricism. The 10-track album is all original Alessi compositions; in particular, his tone is clear and decisive on “I to I” and the title track.
Notes by John Gilbreath