The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:
The long-standing practice of incorporating non-Western instruments within a jazz setting is further evolved on up-and-coming trumpeter and composer Vince Tampio’s self-produced album Live at PafA. More specifically, the Philadelphia/New York-based musician culled various percussion instruments from Eastern Europe alongside an Indian tanpura for a performance of five original compositions recorded live at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Besides enhancing the pervading atmosphere of alluring exoticism, the nontraditional instrumentation maintains a spacious environment that proves ideal for a set brimming with imaginative, drawn-out improvisation.
Firmly rooted in the jazz fusion tradition, Tampio employs an electric bass to anchor his pieces with repetitive, infectious riffs that develop a hypnotic effect when melded with the pulsating reverberations of the darbuka (goblet drum) and tanpura on tracks such as “Brainless.” For the unaware, the Indian tanpura is what sustains that rolling sonic landscape that underpins the music; its strings are plucked in a steady loop resulting in a harmonic drone (think Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda (Impulse!, 1971)).
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