As titles of tunes, the only context is the music itself. I also like when music can be heard different ways in terms of the feelings it might convey, rather than being really explicit. I was going for something like that with this tune. That version featured violin and piano; here the piece takes on another character.
Sabbagh starts and remains on a long tenor sax drone, in essence anchoring the bass, while Jermyn plays the main melodic role, filling out the harmony in his inimitable way with deft intervallic movement.
The roles switch as Sabbagh begins to blow and Miller brings her abstract textural musings to the foreground. This song just floated in a natural way so I thought it would be great for the band. It ended up being very different than the original recording.
A lot of times I would bow that bass string and then run it through a whole system of pedals I use. The version in question was just once through the melody and out, though the trio would always expand on it when playing it live. That process of expansion continues on Lean. I think all three of us try to be in the moment and not prejudge or preconceive things.
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Anyway, a lot of what's here is free jazz. It isn't Free Jazz, however; it's lunar-landscape free jazz, WTF free jazz, free jazz that isn't afraid to get weird, without getting dense or loud or heated, or signifying "freedom" in any of the obvious ways. Ben Monder is a good person to have in your band if you want to go down this Daniel Humair - I Will Follow You (CD) see Bloomwith Bill McHenry. So is Humair, a veteran French drummer who I only remember hearing alongside Steve Lacy, not to The Clown - Jerome Sabbagh* Sabbagh, a beautifully supple tenor player who often works in a boppier mode.
Check out samples here. This release is a monster: two robust CDs' worth of new music for a piece band. Wadada has been on a serious roll in recent years; Tabligh from was a particular favorite. Heart's Reflections really ups the ante, though, re: its treatment of Wadada's patented current mode of marrying the funky and the meditative.
In terms of those respective poles, two supporting players nearly steal the show: Drummer Pheeroan akLaff sounding downright nasty and keyboardist Ben Monder Sanchez grabbing me even more here than she did on her recent solo album, A Little House.
There's definitely some electric Miles here, as is often the case with Wadada, but he's busted into a whole new realm with this wide-spectrum project. Gorgeously The Clown - Jerome Sabbagh* and every bit as essential as Tabligh or other great later-period Wadada efforts such as the self-titled Golden Quartet debut and the Jack DeJohnette duo America both on Tzadik. Destination: Out has a preview ; Amazon has samples of each track. Taborn on the topic of metal a few months back.
Simply put, this album is spellbinding and mystifying. Maybe it's that I just don't know the reference points that would unlock it, but I've noticed other reviewers regarding it with a kind of perplexed awe check out Ratliff's take. By way of an illustration, here's a bit of my TONY preview : "At their best, these performances function like environments: Listening to 'This Voice Says So,' which builds gradually from an ethereal three-note theme, feels like stepping out of a spaceship onto an ice planet—vast and iridescent, but with a lurking malevolence.
I've spun it countless times, and it has retained an unknowable quality, as well as a powerful intrigue—the most I could really ask of a record. You really should hear it. Add Taborn's solo show at the Rubin last week to the list of gigs I was very bummed not to be able to attend.
I read a few dropped-jaw accolades MacniePankenbut I'm yearning for a fuller description. Posted by Hank at PM. Labels: ari hoenigben allisonBen Monderbranford marsaliscraig taborneric harlandgerald cleaverhoney ear triohumairjerome sabbaghjoey calderazzoThe Clown - Jerome Sabbagh*, undead jazzfestWadada Leo Smith. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. My website hankshteamer. Twitter Updates Twitter Updates follow me on Twitter.
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