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Carol Morgan: Blue Glass Music (2011)

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Carol Morgan: Blue Glass Music Trumpeter Carol Morgan is an improviser par excellence, having literally written the book on it, and her style has matured fast over the course of five years and four albums.

Blue Glass Music showcases the trumpeter's explorative solos, which are often edgy, like on "I Love You," complemented by Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm

sax, tenor
's bluesy tenor and taking the trend of thought where she leaves off and bringing it full circle to the melody. This ethereal dance of the horns is anchored and propelled by the earthy grooves of rhythm duo Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
b.1964
drums
(drums) and Martin Wind
Martin Wind
Martin Wind
b.1968
bass, acoustic
(bass).

Wilson's percussion instruments chime and his bass drums beat in tune with Wind's arco bass on either end of Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
's "Lonely Woman," creating an African ambience. Morgan embellishes the melody, followed by Frahm, who lags a few bars behind as he stretches further and further out while Morgan sounds delightfully atonal at times, and languidly oriental at others.

Even when she stays close to the actual tune, Morgan does not sacrifice creativity; "Booker's Waltz" is delivered in the spirit of trumpeter Booker Little
Booker Little
Booker Little
1938 - 1961
trumpet
and woodwind/reed multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
1928 - 1964
reeds
' collaboration, rather than being merely slavish mimicry of the original.

Frahm's "Glyph," with its unusual time signature, provides the quartet the most room to roam free; with Frahm's John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
-inspired sound, Morgan is out there yet still quite logical, while Wilson's manic drumming covers the gamut between arhythmicity and hyper-rhythmcity, with tight group interplay preserving the composition's integrity.

Elsewhere, the group covers more traditional territory on the bop-ish "April in Paris," with its swinging drumming, walking bass and rapidly progressing saxophone and trumpet solos. On the heartfelt "Las Waltz," Morgan's open trumpet and Frahm's mournful tenor redefine the meaning of a waltz, while their romantic duet on the balladic "Where Are You" highlight s their versatility.

In covering a wide range of jazz subgenres, Morgan is not only able to intrigue and interest on Blue Glass Music , but also proves an exciting leader and musician—both inside and outside the mainstream.


Track Listing: I Love You; April In Paris; Lonely Woman; Booker's Waltz; Glyph; Where Are You?; Last Waltz.

Personnel: Carol Morgan: trumpet; Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone; Martin Wind: bass; Matt Wilson: drums, percussion.

Record Label: Blue Bamboo Music

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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