PG13: Self-titled: CD

Apr 08, 2019

PG stands for Phillip Greenlief, an alto sax vet from the Bay Area who leads a distorted jazz trio through two song-suites on this album. The drums and electric guitar churn out ominous metalcore riffs while the sax takes the melodic lead, then blasts off on serpentine runs before landing again for tight, noodly bridges with the other instruments. It’s exciting and engaging, working a metal fusion groove that I’m not used to hearing in jazz, but that works well after the initial “Is this... ska-core? Oh, good, it isn’t” shock wears off. I could see it slaying live (and winning over a few headbangers in the process). –Chris Terry (