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"Chorale is built around a flawlessly executed Bach-like theme beautifully stated by O'Gallagher, who's then joined by Abbasi on the seldom-heard sitar guitar over a bass ostinato and Moreno's cymbals. O'Gallagher's alto solo is neatly thematic throughout his high-register, rapid-note runs, and Abbasi's solotaking full advantage of the hard, brittle tone achievable on the sitar guitarmight be even better, if only because of the way Phillips' stubborn bass digs in against its note clusters. This band's capable of achieving great surging climaxes, but it won't force themlive show or not, Freedance lets the music come to it, and the music surges organically, naturally.
The finest moment here is the sunny "Kaleidoscope, a seven-count jig that's reminiscent of some of Keith Jarrett's older compositions in its open-field lyricism and outright joy. Moreno's hand-clapped count and Phillips' arco bass in the tune's intro are deliciousbut, really, no better than the drummer's rippling cymbals and cresting rolls and the bassist's one-note pulse during O'Gallagher's darting, tart solo break later on.
It's easy to talk about solos, and O'Gallagher and Abbasi play their share of terrific ones here. But there's not one moment on Freedance Live where it's not just as fun to listen to what Moreno and Phillips are doing alongside the alto and guitarwhether they're finding their own autonomous rhythmic space or goosing the other players onward (or, for that matter, sideways). It's really the dancing, vibrant quality of this rhythm section that keeps such melodically accessible material enjoyable through repeated listens.
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Track Listing: Source; Chorale; Window; Kaleidoscope; Ma Cloche; Scramble From the White House.
Personnel: Dave Phillips: bass; John O'Gallagher: alto sax; Tony Moreno: drums; Rez Abbasi: guitar.
Record Label: Street Sound Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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