The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:
Zurich-based alto saxophonist and composer Niculin Janett, in the naming of his quartet’s debut album, encapsulated the essence of his music with an otherwise vexatious phrase that regularly victimizes most city dwellers: No Parking Any Time. Although irritating for motorists, an ordinance prohibiting parking in terms of music, especially jazz, would seemingly stimulate perpetual movement and growth. Uniting under this theme of motion, Janett’s quartet slices the brake lines and speeds ahead, depositing an inspired set of meandering music along the way.
In addition to bassist Lisa Hoppe and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren, Janett recruited the great tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, attaching a great degree of experience to his pianoless quartet. Nonetheless, Perry never lets his many years of playing outshine the talents of his younger bandmates. Clearly reveling in the position of sideman, Perry adds his sophisticated touch to four Janett originals, two Hoppe originals, and two standards.