"Isolation" CD - Pan Metropolitan Trio (Attias)
Japhlet Bire Attias - Chapman Stick
Stefan Kac - tuba
Owen Weaver - drums
"I greatly appreciate the discipline and jazz "ethic" that went into this work. The compositions are first class throughout, with well executed thematic phrasing and breaks, and flowing, evolving improvs. Japhlet's Stick bass with chord progressions seems strongly influenced by pianist McCoy Tyner. From time to time I found myself missing John Coltrane, McCoy's harmonic "partner in crime", but then Stefan's tuba ably fills the bill - fluent and mature jazz solos in the mid to low registers. Owen's drums complete the picture with understated rhythms, dynamic nuances, and above all, a sense of jazz history, which all three members share. I feel this album has its roots in an impressive period of mid '60s progressive jazz, before it became angry and atonal. Very happy to see The Stick in this setting!"