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AYCH / Jim Hobbs / Mary Halvorson / Taylor Ho Bynum: As The Crow Flies (2012)

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AYCH / Jim Hobbs / Mary Halvorson / Taylor Ho Bynum: As The Crow Flies Track review of "Over Yonder"

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Three prominent modern-era improvisers offer a lesson in stark contrasts on this session, containing semi-structured and composed works. The artists construct off-center balladry, angst, and playful, cartoon-like soundscapes, amid a few doomsday scenarios dispersed throughout the jaggedly moving parts.

Alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs
Jim Hobbs
Jim Hobbs

sax, alto
' "Over Yonder" stands out, because it would have seemed highly unlikely that the trio would flirt with traditional, New Orleans jazz frameworks within the set's largely freely organized and vastly expressive agenda. Sparking remembrances of Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
's resonating extended notes, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum
b.1975
cornet
aligns with Jim Hobbs for a bracing set of choruses, executed via a slow crawl atop guitarist Mary Halvorson's concise, and somewhat conventional rhythmic plucking. They impart a soul-stirring Big Easy vibe as the avant spectrum weaves in and out, designed with a smattering of free-form stylizations. One of the key factors pertains to the trio's carefully envisioned processes, where they don't let the traditional jazz schema override the prevailing sense of modernism. Indeed, Aych links a wealth of guileful propositions here and throughout the program.

Personnel: Jim Hobbs: alto saxophone; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet.

Record Label: Relative Pitch Records

Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


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