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Explosive energy and pulsating creativity dominate new album from saxophonist Peter Fraize
(Published: September 05, 2011)

September 2, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) Written by Robert Sutton. The manic energy that fuels the chemistry of saxophonist Peter Fraize's Organic Matter is both uplifting and addictive. It seems to stimulate the senses, these beat-happy sounds; they spark with the active rhythms of everyday living, echoing the pulsating vibrations of the heart and the warm pumping of blood through the veins.

Explosively supported by Hammond organ player Greg Hatza, guitarist Mike Pavone, and drummer Marty Morrison, Fraize utilizes his sax to give shape to his imagination. On the opening title track, Fraize's saxophone sings and soars like a liberated nightingale as Hatza's sultry organ and Morrison's robust pounding mesmerize with their crackling melodies. On "Rawer Than Dinner," Fraize and Hatza seem to exchange places in the spotlight; Fraize's saxophone sizzles like the heat from a late-afternoon summer sun while Hatza's organ cools with the icy breath of winter. The aptly named "Rhythm Schtick" finds the group caught in a sweltering jam.

It's no surprise that Fraize is a college instructor, teaching saxophone and other jazz courses at George Washington University since 1994. Organic Matter is left with the fingerprints of not only a student of the genre but a lifelong professor. It'll be nearly impossible to duplicate the wizardry on display here; flashes of brilliance can only happen once. Nevertheless, its craftsmanship and creativity will provide endless, glorious hours of study and discovery.

More Information: http://www.peterfraize.com

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