Paul Serrato: Nexus
is a thought process laid-out on a human landscape. The music is
gritty and the topics from the gut with no cutting at the edges.
A sharp band."
Mongelli, WDHA-FM "Jazz 'n More"
fresh new voice... an urban synthesis laid over techno-funk and
world-beat rhythms. Tightly knit and contemporary."
Lathrop, Billboard Books
Street Smarts is a "found sound" urban jazz collage. Paul
collected the street bites and arcade "music" on excursions
with a boom box to New York’s wild side, (at the time): West
42nd Street before urban renewal took over from the outsider
street life. The voice heard hawking, "girls, girls, girls" in
front of a porno establishment was as much a familiar mainstay
on the block as suburban commuters go scurrying past. The
track, in its way, now evokes a kind of period nostalgia
similar to Stage Door Johnny. Commenting on NEXUS in 1991 on
WDHA-fm, (New Jersey), Tom Mongelli described it as "a thought
process laid out on a human landscape. The music is gritty and
the topics from the gut with no cutting at the edges. The
album is very bright, not glossy. All this and a mighty
groove. A sharp band!" Through subsequent jazz releases of
original music, Graffiti Productions has succeeded in
garnering new venturesome fans in adhering to the label's
motto; "Urban jazz not by the rules."
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