Michael Marcus Trio: Ithem (2004)
The last two recorded tunes are also worth a listen, but the live material is clearly the better half on this set. The live take of "Ithem," for example, captures a spontaneous and inspired give-and-take sequence that would have certainly sounded staged if attempted inside the studio. In the live setting, the group's energy surges and falls with greater grace, especially on the mysterious moods of "Under the Wire" and "Secret Oceans." Extra attention should be placed on the insightful support in rhythm placed forth by bassist Parker and drummer Charles. Their work bends but never breaks under Marcus' full-toned explorations.
Though eleven years old, Ithem still sounds fresh.
~ Germein Linares
Track Listing: Ithem (live)/ Under the Wire/ Secret Oceans/ Here At!
Personnel: Michael Marcus- alto sax; William Parker- bass; Denis Charles- drums.
Record Label: Ayler Records