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L.A. Jenkins / Hasan Abdur-Razzaq / Adam Smith: Intrusion (2014)

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This outwardly simple and uncomplicated trio recording by L.A. Jenkins matches three improvisers with almost identical musical visions. The guitarist collaborates with saxophonist Hasan Abdur-Razzaq and drummer Adam Smith. Both partners are versed in the exploratory music of Sun Ra
Sun Ra
Sun Ra
1914 - 1993
keyboard
, Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
, and Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
b.1940
saxophone
. And both are members of The Wizards, a quartet that mines the cosmic and free jazz landscapes of the 1960s and 70s.

Jenkins, a student of Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
's harmolodics, has developed a sound that is part Bern Nix
Bern Nix
Bern Nix

guitar
and part Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
, but is also crafted and original. His explorations begin with freely improvised sound that coagulates into imperturbable sonic structures that are informed by patient and stoical music leanings. His previous release was Clarity of the Peculiar (Edgetone, 2012).

Intrusion carefully wraps its free jazz in a blanket of gentle sound. Jenkins prefers to mask his improvisations with a cover of ambient sound. Explosions are eschewed as the trio blows waves of saxophone & bass clarinet over cymbals. Jenkins' sound is delivered much like Bill Frisell's guitar when he was the choice of drummer Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
in the 1980s. Each piece here tip-toes into consciousness. Even the extroverted Ayler-sound of Abdur- Razzaq's saxophone on "Second Light" toes the line of this session. Things never get noisy, even when the music opens up on "Cohesion @ The Parallel Universe" and "Final Flight." The latter piece finds Abdur-Razzaq taking up the cello to balance Jenkins' probing gestures and Smith's rumbling guidance. The music here is the equivalent of a polished gem with multi- facets. Quite the discovery.

Track Listing: Intrusion; Constellation; Second Light; Invocation; Cohesion @ The Parallel Universe; Cascading Singularities; Matrix Of Investigation; Syncopated March Through Neb’uland; Linear Perceptions; Final Flight.

Personnel: Hasan Abdur-Razzaq: reeds, cello, percussion; L.A. Jenkins: guitar; Adam Smith: drums, percussion, synthesizer.

Record Label: Self Produced


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