Tony Malaby / Angelica Sanchez / Tom Rainey: Alive in Brooklyn (2004)
The thematic 'Chimera' opens the set. After a somewhat tentative introduction, Sanchez and Rainey link into a tight rhythmic unison that whips Malaby's bleating, powerful tenor runs. Washes of Wurlitzer swirl behind the horn, filling the space. Just as the intensity peaks, the trio pulls back to test quieter dynamics. Exchange between Sanchez and Rainey occurs often, providing a rhythmic base for Malaby's extrapolations. Another important aspect is exhibited on 'Brujeria.' After a subtle introduction from Rainey, Malaby's soprano slinks around the loose passages, with Sanchez adding tonal color. Malaby lays out for a Wurlitzer-drums duet, during which Sanchez plays a short repeating phrase. When Malaby re-emerges, he plays that phrase, using it as a springboard for his solo flight. 'The Hat' begins with a plaintive soprano line. Later, Rainey provides a melodic drum groove, while Sanchez and Malaby trade phrases. Near the end, Malaby, on tenor, repeats the opening line, giving the improvisation a circular resolution.
At the CD release last month in the very room it was recorded, the trio'without discussion or even visual cues'moved through several improvisations, sometimes leaving the crowd in a bemused silence, not knowing when one ended and another began. With a tour planned this spring, their empathy should grow stronger'and that could be frightening.
This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. Chimera 22:36 2. Brujeria 19:05 3. The Hat 11:04
Personnel: Tony Malaby - reeds; Angelica Sanchez - keyboards; Tom Rainey - drums.
Style: Modern Jazz