Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks
Late Saturday afternoon, I was going through my archives – a fancy name for a box under my desk – when I found the notebook I used for the Joe Barna/Sketches of Influence drop party at Massry Center last year. The Brian Patneaude Quartet opened that show with what was billed as “all-new material,” and as it turns out, all the music from that set would appear at Patneaude’s own drop party at Massry. So how much difference does a year make?
Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. All that music, and more, is now on “All Around Us,” Patneaude’s fifth disc as a leader and one of the first discs in the Capital Region to be funded by Kickstarter. It’s also the first recorded sighting of the Patneaude Quartet since 2007’s “As We Know It,” and returning for the new release is longtime bassist Mike DelPrete, which is great for two reasons: First, DelPrete’s one of the most talented bassists in the area; and second, having DelPrete in the group meant everyone onstage would be wearing shoes.