Label: Intakt Records - 16866.MDCR.0033 • Format: CD Compilation • Genre: Jazz • Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Big Bands to Watch for this Summer. Record labels devoted to improvised music rarely produce compilation albums, due to the very nature of the music they champion.
How should we play today music that has been so deeply associated with great musicians of the past? That is the question that Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO have tried to answer on these two recent recordings, with somewhat mitigated success.
One cannot help but wonder for whom is this sort of recording made? That said, the LCJO is probably the greatest repertory band in jazz at the moment, and should be seen on a concert stage. Although released inthis quintet recording under the leadership of Finnish pianist and harpist Iro Haarla is Inscape - Tableaux.
Part VII - Various - Barry Guy On Intakt Records particular relevance now, as the group will embark on a cross-Canada jazz fest tour this coming June. Check individual festival programs for specific times and places. This early spiritual son of John Coltrane, who first found fame in the late sixties in a quartet featuring a then emerging piano whiz kid by the name of Jarrett who, like Lloyd, has been part of the Ways Of The Bounce (Clean) - 76 Featuring S.
One / Gatman - Ways Of The Bounce / Didy Bop fold for yearsdisappeared from sight at the height of the early 70s hippy days, only to re-emerge a decade later at the behest of another piano player, the late Michel Petrucciani. For over 15 years now, the saxman has now found a secure home for his music pursuits, and this latest one turns out to be one of his best.
Backed by the usual three-man rhythm section, the leader shows that he can stoke the fires and really cut loose when he wants to. Recorded live in Basel, Switzerland, in Aprilthe setting is an obvious incentive for the performances.
More important though are his sidemen, drummer Eric Harland, double bassist Reuben Rogers and especially pianist Jason Moran, whose sterling solos on at least three of the seven tracks are totally uplifting. While those instruments add variety, it is his tenor Inscape - Tableaux.
Part VII - Various - Barry Guy On Intakt Records really carries the day here or evening, shall I saywith kudos to his band mates, too. A self-produced effort as wont be in this Do It Yourself agethis release marks the debut of a band lead by a one-time Vancouver resident, now based in New York: electric bassist Chris Tarry.
Having previously made his mark with the once popular Inscape - Tableaux. Part VII - Various - Barry Guy On Intakt Records Metalwood whose style turned it into a kind of Medeski-Martin-and-Wood-NorthTarry has carried over some but not all of those stylings into a quintet format.
Of his band mates, only tenor saxophonist Kelley Jefferson is a fellow compatriot, and his muscular tenor solos show how much he has grown since his Montreal days.
Overall, this is a contemporary jazz that wears a pop-like sensibility on its sleeve, albeit not in a cloying or overly predictable manner. This may well be due to the leader, whose bass eschews the usual thumpyness of the instrument and the eternal finger popping and redundant riff Newfoundland Rag - Adrian Beaumont - Take It Or Leave It that come with it.
Both light and breezy, this music will certainly be an outdoor stage crowd pleaser at one or the other of the Canadian Summer festivals venue near you. For those who like distinction with a difference, a duo of viola and wind instruments tenor sax, clarinet, shakuhachi and no-kan certainly fits the bill. Hailing from that pocket-sized nation of seemingly boundless musical creativity, Holland, the musical and life partners Ig Henneman and Ab Baars present here a project that, on the face of it, may appear far removed from anything customarily jazzy; but with improvisation lying at the heart of their musical pursuits, they have earned a spot on several of the upcoming festivals.
As a duo, this is most obviously an intimate kind of music making, all the more considering the instruments. For the most part, it is more like abstract sound painting, carried out in very deliberate gestures rather than broad strokes. While some cuts were created on the spot, others have a compositional basis to them, and of the 14 tracks contained on this minute side, the title track and longest one at about 10 minutes seems to bring together all of the strands explored on this record.
This is music of great subtlety, best appreciated on record, but also in the intimacy of a good sounding room. This duo will be performing at several Canadian festivals in late June, including Montreal and Vancouver. Consult on line listings of events for exact dates, times and places. La Scena Musicale - Vol.
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