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Pianist/composer Russell Schmidt takes acoustic jazz right to the edge of where it is supposed to be. Intelligent, melodic, and harmonically grounded, Schmidt's sound is fresh and invigorating. Schmidt is a faculty member at the School of Music, University of Utah. Anachromysticism is his second recording, following 2007's Season Of Change (Orchard Records). Where Season Of Change was a trio recording of standards, Anachromysticism is ten original compositions for a dual saxophone-fronted quintet.
Schmidt imagines music in competing tonal colors. The disc opener, "At Time's End" is a relatively straightforward piece featuring saxophonists Eric Rasmussen
playing tenor. The two have their respective turns in solo, illustrating a certain sympatico. Schmid's chording is sound and consonant beneath the reeds and in his solo bisecting the tenor spotlights. The title piece is a sprawling nineteen-minute impressionistic examination that weaves in and out of avant-garde and free jazz at will. The composition has all the hallmarks of Ornette Coleman
's famous free trio experiments of the same period. Schmidt establishes a tonal and harmonic center, but shows no fear in coloring well beyond the lines he has established. This is about as far out as Schmidt gets on a recording that has a bit of something for everyone.
Track Listing: At Time’s End; Anachromysticism; Descent; Conscience; Fortnight With
Ferguson; Will She Be Revealed To Me; Bad Idea; Mediate; Percolate;
Personnel: Russell Schmidt: piano; Eric Rasmussen: soprano and alto saxophones;
Brice Winston: soprano and tenor saxophones; Dwight Kilian: bass; Rob
Moore: drums, percussion.