четверг, 24 марта 2016 г.

Weasel Walter Large Ensemble - Igneity: After The Fall Of Civilization (2016)

Weasel Walter Large Ensemble - Igneity: After The Fall Of Civilization (Self-released, 2016)

Personnel:
Weasel Walter: drums
Henry Kaiser: guitar
Alan Licht: guitar
Chris Welcome: guitar
Peter Evans: trumpet
Steve Swell: trombone
Dan Peck: tuba
Jim Sauter: saxophone
Michael Foster: saxophones
Chris Pitsiokos: saxophone
Matt Nelson: saxophone
Tim Dahl: double bass
Brandon Lopez: double bass

Tracklisting:
01 - Igneity (Theme)
02 - Igneity (Variations)

‘Igneity’ was composed in response to Henry Kaiser asking me if I would assemble a big band, rather than a small group, for us to play a concert with in New York. I had previously included him in the large ensembles I had led when I lived in Oakland, California. However, I had not yet tackled the format in New York City. There is certainly no shortage of excellent players around here, but unlike the Bay Area, logistics tend to be somewhat more complicated, especially when it comes to rehearsal. As such, I set about devising an hour long structure which would allow me to control the general momentum and the various densities inherent in the orchestration while granting the individuals maximum freedom.

Recorded at JACK, Brooklyn, NY on April 22, 2015 by Weasel Walter.
Mastered by Henry Kaiser.

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четверг, 3 марта 2016 г.

Roswell Rudd, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balázs Pándi - Strength & Power (2016)

Roswell Rudd, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balázs Pándi - Strength & Power (RareNoise, 2016)

Personnel:
Roswell Rudd: trombone
Jamie Saft: piano
Trevor Dunn: acoustic bass
Balázs Pándi: drums

Tracklisting:
01 - Strength & Power
02 - Cobalt Is Divine
03 - The Bedroom
04 - Luminescent
05 - Dunn's Falls
06 - Struttin' For Jah Jah

Buckle up. This is one wild ride that cares not for your apprehension, concerns, expectations, or fears. Pianist Jamie Saft and two of his regular collaborators — bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi — got together with trombone icon Roswell Rudd to get down to the art of music making with nothing but their senses to guide them. It was an improvised session in its purest form — no charts, no sketches, and no preconceived notions about where things should or shouldn't go. These men simply used intuition, receptiveness, attentiveness, and a willingness to let go as the key to open the doors to the outer limits of possibility.

Anybody familiar with these names shouldn't be surprised by the fact that there's brazen blowing, jabbing bass, slamming drums, and pummeled piano a plenty here. These four don't dance around an idea or wax hesitantly with their instruments. They take the plunge, head first, with no regrets. But that's not to say there's no thought in their actions. These musicians have far too much experience to simply turn up and tune out. You can hear that in they way they gently build and explore a radiant world ("Luminescent"), you can spot it when they flip focus to Dunn during a lengthy journey ("Cobalt Is Divine"), and, believe it or not, you can even get a glimpse of it when they chip away at cacophony at the conclusion of a shambolic and heady boxing match ("The Bedroom"). It's everything you could expect from a set of musicians known to be open to dialogue and new thought(s) yet strong-willed in their actions.

For some, Rudd will be the main draw here. He breathes a lifetime of experience through his horn, evident in his tribal chatter ("Dunn's Falls"), his beautiful peculiarities ("Luminescent"), his explorations in an avant-NOLA atmosphere ("Struttin' For Jah Jah"), and his unrestrained use of force. For others, the brash trio of Saft, Dunn, and Pandi will make the sale. And for a third group — the truly curious — the inter-generational action may be the attraction. All of that is well and good, but the selling point is of less concern than the art itself—a powerful blend of untethered and unbelievably exciting music. Strength and power indeed. [Allaboutjazz]

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