The Observer “Nerve Dance” review

March 3, 2017

Jazz has been a cornerstone of Northern New Jersey for nearly as long as the art form has been I existence. In 2017, the region continues to exhibit its creative aptitude in full force thanks to saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias

Recorded in Paramus, a town known more for its malls than its music scene, Attias brings together a newly established crew of seasoned vets in Aruán Ortiz (piano), John Hébert (bass) and the great Nasheet Waits (drums) for Nerve Dance

His sixth studio LP as a leader, these 11 original pieces (nine written by Attias, two by Hébert) exhibit the art of free jazz as a cathartic form of exercise for the human body and spirit. With each of these four men playing at maximum capacity, that will only be compounded when Attias returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe on March 18[, 2017] in celebration of Nerve Dance’s release. 

For those who enjoy high-impact jazz performed with peak precision, this is the gig for you.

Ron Hart