Drori Mondlak, Point In Time (Lilypad). Mondlak's quartet is integrated, balanced and musical, with no show-off features for the drummer leader. Mondlak, saxophonist and flutist Karolina Strassmayer, guitarist Cary DeNigris and bassist Steve LaSpina solo with conviction. Except for Frank Foster's "Simone," the pieces are by members of the quartet. The collection might have benefited from more of the grit of DeNigris's "I've Paid Some Blues" and "No Name Blues" and Mondlak's "The Prance," but if Mondlak's aim was to create an atmosphere of thoughtful relaxation, he succeeded. Mondlak has a witty solo on Strassmayer's "It Once Was a Waltz." LaSpina's fluidity and strength are important to the success of this music. Strassmayer's work shows why she is one of the most interesting alto saxophonists under forty. DeNigris's and Mondlak's like-mindedness contribute to the success of the venture.
Written by Doug Ramsey for Arts Journal
Drori Mondlak- Point in Time