The Off-White Set release debut album of explosive creativity
(Published: April 17, 2012)
It's not often that a soothingly chill groove is rattled by tinkling vibraphones, bouncy saxophones, jumpy drums, and toe tapping ‘60s-styled keyboards. Welcome to the world of the New York-based group the Off-White Set, whose explosive chemistry is capable of directing a groove into any direction. Take the title track from the band's debut album, One for Romanus. It opens in a completely laidback fashion before receiving a jolt of adrenaline. But such unexpected delights are among jazz's finest qualities. Oddly enough, for a group that's only been alive for nearly two years, their sound has already blossomed.
Featuring vibraphonist Chris Corvais, saxophonist Chris Norris, guitarist Andrew Ahr, keyboardist Vincent Loccisano, bassist Chris Elsener, Jr., and drummer Hugo Lopez, the Off-White Set are among the East Coast's most creative newcomers. Actually, it might be misleading to focus on the band's fairly recent origins; these gentlemen have the polished talent of longtime vets. When Norris' soaring saxophone and Lopez' shuffling drums kick in on "Nugz for Dayz," there is electricity in the air that could only emanate from skilled musicians who have had years of experience jamming together.
When the Off-White Set aren't taking breaths away with their relentless drive, they weave gorgeous tapestries like "Mountains of Korea," wherein Norris' incandescent saxophone lights up the track's early moodiness, letting Ahr's crystalline guitar and Covais' sparkling vibraphones skywrite into the clouds. The Off-White Set has a knack for opening the walls of the imagination; they're one of the few jazz acts left that aren't afraid to dream and take listeners for the ride.
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