Classically trained pianist, John Law took a shining to jazz while in his 20’s and eventually teamed up with some of Europe’s best and brightest free jazz artisans yet subsequently decided to tone matters down a bit. Here, Law aligns with American drummer/composer Gerry Hemingway for a spirited set also featuring Law’s longtime associates, saxophonist, Jon Lloyd and bassist, Tim Wells.
Marked by the leader’s linear lines, spaciously perpetuated statements and limber left-hand, right-hand coordination, the quartet pursues peppery rhythms and a festive atmosphere on the opener, “Ouverture”. However, the ensemble frequently melds austere overtones with booming patterns and reverberant rhythms, whereas Hemingway often alters the flow via his crisply executed rim-shots and polyrhythmic fills amid Law’s lower register comping and fluent soloing. Throughout, the pianist performs with the grace and ebullience of a well-traveled concert pianist, yet Law also injects cascading chord progressions, idiosyncratic phraseology and harmonically rich themes into pieces such as “Courante” and the quaintly rendered, “Burlesque.”
The musicians’ rekindle fond memories of Keith Jarrett’s work with saxophonist Dewey Redman, during the nine minute opus titled, “Gigue” as they keenly utilize space and depth alongside animated choruses and asymmetrical currents. Thus, listening to this fine new recording signifies time well spent.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.