Paul Serrato: Nexus
"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."
- Tom Mongelli, WDHA-FM "Jazz 'n More"
"A fresh new voice... an urban synthesis laid over techno-funk and world-beat rhythms. Tightly knit and contemporary."
- Tad 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 Yorks 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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