Drums: Greg Holloway Bass:
Pepe Gonzales Piano: John Ozment
Leader Greg Holloway is
not a hog for the spotlight. He reminds me of Max Roach in his approach-not
that he sounds like Roach per se (though he shares the same sense of crisp,
driven swing), but in the way he leads the band w/out being overbearing.
Pianist Jon Ozment playes with plenty of gusto, with over tones of T.Monk
(playfully hard-hitting, judisious angularity) and Vince Guaraldi (bright &
jaunty w/out being saccharine) and bassist Pepe Gonzales is the anchor. There
are 10 tunes, (mostly hearty, meat & potatoes originals) so you know there
is no excess or warter-treading. The sound production and quality is clear and
vivid. "Full Circle" is a fine slice of straight-ahead, bristly hard-bop!
Leader and drummer Greg Holloway leads the trio like Max Roach and is not a hog
for the spot light. Washington, DC based Jon Ozment (piano) and Pepe Gonzales
(Bass) add a bit of hard-hitting and angularity to the date. The CD has 10
compositions mainly meat and potatoe originals. Finally the production/sound
quality is clear n' vivid.
Mark Keresman - Jazz Review
It is my belief that, before moving forward in life, one should
re-visit a starting place somewhere along the circle of lifes
experiences. This recording does not have a title cut, it has a
title concept. As humans, we all have a place or places, a
transitional state or states that defines not only who we are, but what we have
become. A place that may evoke a wide range of emotions anywhere from love,
anger, hate, wonder, betrayal, confusion, trust and so forth...The perspective
that one takes within a circle determines the outcome of a given process...what
I mean is, it is not necessary that one start from the same place in the circle
in order to move forward. Full Circle is a concept that makes
reference to lifes evolutional experience on the emotional, social and
spiritual continuum. Each title is suggestive of these experiences...my goal is
not to provide or impose my literary insight on the listener, but provide the
listener a musical platform, an opportunity to experience their own Full
Circle and catharsis. Preparing for this project took me through various
places on the circle cycle. One, returning home to experience the family circle
and continue to make music with great players that I met within the circle.
Please enjoy the music and the experience of your Full Circle.