Borderlands is the title of the painting by Shawn Snow which graces the cover of this fine new CD, and inspired the four-part theme and variations which make up the title track. Borderlands is an album of discovery, exploration into unsafe, unfamiliar territory, yet with firm and unshakeable roots.
Jonathan Lorentz was raised in Vermont, but moved to New York where he became a (very young!) veteran of the Manhattan jazz scene and picking up a Ph.D from NYU, before movingto northern upstate New York closer to his own roots. Jon Says that since leaving New York City, he feels that he is on the borderlands of the jazz scene, and spent some time chilling, playing standards around local bars and venues, never satisfied. That all changed when the Trio came together.
Bassist John Menegon had been working with Jon for two years; he had also moved upstate after learning his trade in NY and Montreal. The final link was drummer David ’Scorch Calarco’ a man with an intense and ever so precise paying style which can range from gentle to pretty ferocious.
Borderlands is the first step on the trios’ voyage into new forms and styles which take all that’s good from the traditional club scene and bend it into something new. What makes this special, apart from the music, is the incredible chemistry between the players.
The addition of smooth, silky and sensuous (mainly wordless) vocal contributions from Teri Roiger and Suzanne Kantorski adds the icing to this seminal album.