Canadian drummer and composer Ernesto Cervini continues to amaze…
Tetrahedon delivers stirring music with its fresh and engaging tunes and with electrifying performances that daringly and expertly skirt the edge of the precipice.
It's safe to say Tetrahedron signifies a bold new chapter in Cervini's ongoing story, the group's acoustic-electric fusion a promising harbinger of things to come. With the drummer having so many other group projects on the go, it's impossible to know when a sequel to this memorable debut effort will appear but with any luck it'll be sooner than later.
With their CD release Tetrahedron, Ernesto Cervini and his group have crafted a distinctive twenty-first-century sound, pushing the drummer-bandleader's vision forward, as always. ★★★★
The interplay between all "four faces" makes this album a true winner. Highly recommended. ★★★★1/2
Ernesto Cervini continues to make great strides on the contemporary music scene, getting and holding one's attention with his myriad creative projects. His music searches, probes, explores even as it swings, sways, rocks, and dances through your mind.
Adventurous and riveting improvisational risk-taking from the quartet is topped with gifted writing and the unit’s seemingly effortless technical wizardry, affirming that this bandleader is an artist on the rise. 4 Stars!.
Despite the presence of “electricity”, the music of the album resembles, rather, not fusion, but a solid post-bop, where the basic principles were filled with new, modern content. The album sounds less than fifty minutes, but the creativity of the musicians significantly compresses this time - it flies unnoticed to the music of Cervini and his colleagues. (Translated from Russian via Google Translate)
Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins…his robust, magnetic personality fascinates consistently.
Gracefully propulsive, Cervini doesn’t impose himself on the music. He purrs underneath it, lithe and impeccably balanced, like a 12-cylinder Jaguar, with stunning power to spare at a moment’s notice. He displays flawless technique and a rhythmic instinct that delivers surprisingly well-placed accents in unexpected places. His cymbal work calls to mind the great Jimmy Cobb – so clean, expressive and effortless.
Rev is the second album from Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, and it’s a shoot-the-lights-out blast of a listen... The group has an infectious, propulsive energy that delivers a power punch without forsaking nuance and melody... Here and throughout the entire program there’s a sense of closeness and shared spotlight, playing with, around and through, but never over, each other... Overall, Rev is a bright wave of an album and Turboprop is the real deal. Turboprop will be on the road in 2018 and I, for one, would love to see this band live.
Cervini drums like someone who’s an arranger at heart, carefully placing each accent for maximum melodic impact...Turboprop is the sort of band that places as much emphasis on the writing as it does on the improvisation, with arrangements that underscore the ensemble’s interplay while ingeniously framing the melody. Abundance is the best sort of musical uplift.
This Canadian drummer/leader’s latest manages to swing convincingly between both the manic and somber poles of jazz, leaving listeners with a fresh, energetic expression of a classic form.
Guided by Cervini’s driving, effervescent rhythms, the group’s eponymous debut album jaunts into the realms of chamber jazz, balladry, hard bop and free jazz. Regardless of the stylistic focus, the results are always alluring and rendered alternately with polish and precision or daring excitement.
Ernesto Cervini is blazing a path through contemporary jazz with smart new ideas and a burning intensity that shouts to be heard. An album that has to be one of 2011’s best.
A perceptive young drummer…an energetic album!
Cervini’s roaring solo on that highlight tune (Fear of Flying) brilliantly exploits the groove’s quirky overlapping duple/triple tension. Swinging and spirited, Cervini turbo-propels this tight and spontaneous sextet.
Bold Canadian drummer Ernesto Cervini exemplifies 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'"
“wooohoooooo! Thanks for the support everybody! I hope you dig the album!” – Ernesto Cervini
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