Album Evaluation: Scott Petito | Many Worlds

Scott Petito | Many Worlds

(Planet Arts Data)

On one hand, Many Worlds is the newest launch from stellar Catskill bassist/engineer Scott Petito. On the opposite, as Petito says within the transient liner notes, “music exists in its highest kind when it’s achieved in collaboration.” So, no shock that regardless of enjoying, producing, recording, mixing, mastering, and penning all tracks, save Lyle Mays’s elegiac “Near Dwelling,” Petito cobills fellow masters Randy Brecker, Mino Cinelu, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Larry Grenadier, Bashiri Johnson, Mike Mainieri, Simon Phillips, and others. The ensuing eight tracks traverse world jazz from the ethereal opener “Dabwala,” that includes wordless vocals from Anna Maria Jopek; to the busier, however lovely, “Bombogenesis,” which hangs on a sax line from Yellowjacket Bob Mintzer; to the chief’s refined, but harmonically wealthy solo effort on the title monitor. As Petito provides, “the interaction of strains and concord provided by every particular person meld into new pathways of creativity.”