Published since 1997
Longtime contributor to AAJ and Downbeat, Jazz Review, EjazzNews, Radio DirectX.
With "Mom's Garden," Siwula blazes forward with ripping, razor sharp lines as the musicians lay down some blues yet segue into a free-jazz romp. Here and throughout, the ever versatile Minasi seems possessed by spirits while feverishly plucking and strumming a cavalcade of chord progressions as Bollinger adds fuel to the fire with powerful rhythms that also compliment the soloists in a huge way! The musicians eclipse vivid expressionism via their seemingly fertile imaginations and boundless creativity. In fact, the energy and exasperating emotions prompt listener involvement. High impact pieces such as "Trawler" and "Tendencies in Tandem" feature piercing improv and unabashed soloing yet the musicians do find ways of integrating melody, swift unison statements and playful convergence as Bollinger furnishes the common ground or axis for the often unwavering momentum. The closer, "Circle Down" is quaint, sublime and evolves in circular fashion with no obvious endpoints to be found other than the final passages.
Dialing Privileges is a fine exposition that boasts quite a bit of character not always found within these modern jazz or free-improv circles. If you are new to Siwula's music, this brand new release would be an appropriate place to start.
Personnel: Blaise Siwula; Alto Sax: Dom Minasi; 12-String Guitar: John Bollinger; Drums.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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