A work that presents a deeply mined and singular mood, Architect Of The Silent Moment is subdued yet coolly intense. The album presents a unified musical vision built on bass vamps and grooves with little true melodic development or harmonic changes, allowing the soloists much freedom within each defined section.
While the prevailing feeling created is one of introspection and thoughtfulness, elation and clarity break through many times. This is not music that presents obvious, clear forms created by the normal musical means, but rather signals new sections by subtle textural changes. This is an artistic choice, and the music allows the sympathetic (or patient) listener the time to get inside of it.
The mixing of the acoustic with the electronic is not shocking at all, being only Craig Taborn's keyboards and, perhaps, some processed acoustic sounds. Once again, this is artistic choice, and by extending the sonic palette, Colley is only intensifying the carefully crafted mood.
Title tunes are not picked randomly, and this one exemplifies the aesthetic of the album. The long-limbed, David Binney-influenced theme manages to sound both out and in time, reaching a climax in its second section, only to drop back again. The very lack of easily identifiable development epitomizes the album's overall mood of a floating introspective journey, which we are asked to take along with the musicians who are creating it in real time. Many times the music's structure feels ready to fall apart, only to pull itself together and gather intensity and forward momentum.
While the exact meaning of the album's title is open for debate, this listener hears Colley attempting to create musical structure by implication and by carefully controlling the silent moments between notes and phrases as much as the actual notes. The compositions feel very open-ended, with little actually written down except in the most general way. The success of the music and its ultimate integrity must be ascribed to the sensitivities of the band.
Indeed, this group of playersboth the core quartet and guestsmake up a portion of a larger set of players and composers that play together frequently and are extremely sympathetic to this aesthetic. During rehearsals and at the actual recording they probably inserted as much of themselves as they read from the charts.
Hence the music, despite its less than overt emotional projection, has a strong sense of spontaneity that balances the periods of clearer structure. The musicians make the music, and this recorded set would work well live, probably sounding quite different. Its darkness of sonic texture and mood would create intensity, drawing the audience in, perhaps even more strongly than this recorded version.
Architect Of The Silent Moment is a unified work whose individual tracks could have flowed together, and this is its strength. The music requires concentration and a willingness to let the music transport you, but the reward is great indeed.
Track Listing: Usual Illusion; Strip Mall Ballet; El Otro; Architect of the Silent Moment; Masoosong; Feign Total; From Within; Smoke Stack; Window of Time.
Personnel: cott Colley: bass; Ralph Alessi: trumpet; Craig Taborn: piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3; Antonio Sanchez: drums. Special guests: Dave Binney: saxophone; Jason Moran: piano; Gregoire Maret: harmonica; Adam Rogers; guitar.
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.