Freedomland: Yia Yia's Song (2004)
Despite supplying a bass register bent akin to that of the nineties rock group Morphine, Freedomland never lets this singular sound land them in a rut. Even on extended pieces, such as "One Green Eye," "One Blue Eye," and "Don't Throw Out the Sky," all of which clock in at around a quarter hour apiece, the quintet makes ample shifts in texture, tempo, and demeanor, creating free improvisations with considerable balance and shape. Pop and Parker have a particularly sympathetic interplay, in a flexible beat context that retains quite a bit of swing. Although the harmonic vocabulary is frequently post-tonal, Parker's use of ostinato bass lines, Carter's keen melodic sensibilities, and the penchant for sustained legato shared by Hofstra and Sewelson create an avant album with a surprisingly lush ambience. As such, Yia Yia's Song is a winning mix of adventure and visceral beauty.
Track Listing: 1. Don't Throw Out the Sky 2. Yia Yia's Song 3. One Green Eye 4. Moonbeams in a Jar 5. One Blue Eye
Personnel: Daniel Carter: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and flute; David Hofstra: tuba and bass saxophone; William Parker: bass and tuba; Dee Pop: drum set; Dave Sewelson: baritone and alto saxophones.
Record Label: Rent Control Records
Style: Modern Jazz