Peter Apfelbaum & The New York Hieroglyphics: It Is Written (2005)
For instance, "Prelude is a brief, dirge-like opening in which Jai Uttal's harmonium plays a dominant role. Have I wandered into a rather sad occasion?, one may wonder. "Labile (Unfolding) follows, the mood still somewhat somber, albeit beginning to shimmer with lots of brass and a distinct piano sound punctuated by drum commas.
Guitars (Viva de Concini, David Phelps) gently lead into passage in which a brass quartet (Apfelbaum, Josh Roseman, Jessica Jones, Tony Jones) heats up and adds colors in "Rainbow Sign. Perhaps these sounds suggest this is actually a Brazilian party? Wordless vocalizing (Abdul Diabate) is followed by warm solo toots which lead the full band into building a mounting sense of excitement which begs for dancing.
As the set continues, rather than providing melodies in the traditional mode, the multicultural music evolves into a forceful, kinetic entitya block of sound in movement. Mixing elements of blues, reggae, and classical, the pieces fit together harmoniously. The results feel like songs which invite greater familiarity.
Track Listing: Prelude; Labile (Unfolding); Rainbow Sign; Apparition/Projectiles; Song of the Signs; Petroglyph Extension; Shotgun Bouquet; It Is Written; Titiwa.
Personnel: Peter Apfelbaum: woodwinds, keyboards, percussion; Peck Allmond: trumpet, woodwinds; Josh Roseman: trombone; Jessica Jones: alto and tenor saxophone; Tony Jones: tenor saxophone; Norbert Stachel: woodwinds; Craig Handy: alto sax; Steven Bernstein: slide trumpet; Jeff Cressman: trombone; Natalie Cressman: trombone; Charles Burnham: violin; Juliana Cressman: violin; David Phelps: guitar; Viva De Concini: guitar; Will Bernard: guitar; Trey Anastasio: guitar; Jai Uttal: guitar, harmonium, vocal; Patrice Blanchard: bass; John Shifflett: bass; Abdoulaye Diabate: vocal; Dafnis Prieto: drums, percussion; Cyro Baptista: percussion; Josh Jones: bata drums, percussion; David Frazier: bata drums; Aaron Johnston: drums; Deszon X. Claiborne: drums.
Record Label: ACT Music
Style: Beyond Jazz