The Transcendentalists: Real Time Messengers (2002)
Tracks like “The Heart…” and “The Effects of Selfless Giving” trade density for intricate and strangely anthemic interplay. The effect is akin to the calm after the storm and producer Bob Rusch’s comparisons to chamber music in the liners seem particularly appropriate in this context. Clarinet and trombone lines float in ghostly smudges over a sparse rhythmic topography of throbbing bass, splashing cymbals and ominous toms. While quieter on the surface than its brethren, the piece is infused with a thrilling tension just the same. “The Effects of Right Effort” demonstrates the ensemble’s uncanny ability to almost invisibly shape a groove from what sound like disparate strains. One moment the players seem to moving in intensely individual directions, the next all are in sync and traversing the same terrain. It’s the product of careful collective listening and a deep familiarity with one another’s ways and means. This is a band that conjures up mighty torrents of sound on command, but retains clarity of focus even in the midst of its most ecstatic outpourings. Their name might be a bold gamble, but the music is a sure bet.
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Track Listing: The Nowness of Pure Potentiality/ The Spirit of Aspirations Beyond/ The Heart of Intention and Desire/ The Essence of Caue and Effect/ The Effects of Self Giving/ The Effects of Right Effort/ The Effects of Purposeful Detachment/ The Moment of Being the Sound.
Personnel: Daniel Carter- alto & tenor saxophones; Steve Swell- trombone; Tom Abbs- bass, tuba; David Brandt- drums. Recorded: February 4 & 5, 2002, Rossie, NY.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz