Daniel Carter/Morgan Craft/Eric Eigner: Mysterium (2004)
Old head meets new, as Craft, who can make his guitar squeal like the downtown 7th Ave express pulling into Times Square and Carter, who has been a fixture on the NYC improv scene for decades, provide the ideal pair to explore Eigner's sound panoramas. Carter excels on trumpet, sax and flute, at times changing off within a single piece. "Some People Need Bibs" begins as a trumpet/drums free-formish romp. Some kick-ass guitar then hurtles forward against a pumping bass rhythm. Things then get very funky until Carter switches to sax for some "real" jazz. "Charlatans Draped in Blue" is a tonal improvisational excursion that includes bells, springs and screeches to build a percussive landscape where sax meets screech in sirenic wail. A sax/feedback summit slowly builds to a climax and then honk off into the night.
Morgan Craft is the answer to "Who's got the battering-ram?" as his guitar explosions complement the percussive pace set up by Eigner. A stratospheric sax joins over a non-stop funky rhythm until things calm down for a Trane-meets-Hendrix rendezvous. The African feel that Carter's flute and Craft's folkish twanging bass line add to "City Bumpkin Cadenza" and the very bluesy muted trumpet/guitar trip "Harmoniums at Midnight" make for a very well-rounded jam.
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This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. Some People Need Bibs 2. Charlatans Draped In Blue 3. City Bumpkin Cadenza 4. Who's Got the Battering-ram? 5. Harmoniums At Midnight
Personnel: Daniel Carter - Alto, Tenor, Clarinet, Trumpet, Flute; Morgan Craft - Stunt Guitar; Eric Eigner - Extended Drumset, Clarinet
Style: Modern Jazz