Jack Wright / Carol Genetti / Jon Mueller: Nom Tom (2005)
Recently, more artists have come forward with similar ideas of improvisation. Together they are winning over listeners (sometime literally) one at a time. These two lengthy tracks, released as CD-Rs on Wright's Spring Garden Music label, feature the saxophonist with Chicago vocalist Carol Genetti and Milwaukee percussionist Jon Mueller.
Genetti's wordless vocalsthink of her as a singing Axel Dornerset the mood for both Wright and Mueller to keep this affair at its minimalist best. Genetti's murmurs, groans, fidgeting overtones, and throat singing avoid the screeching and shouting you might have expected. Wright either stuffs his saxophone with a cloth or plays against the fabric of his pants to keep within the temper of the two pieces. For his part, Mueller, playing an amplified snare, allows for his small gestures to keep the flow of this music continually moving ahead.
The attraction here, like the direction of more and more improvisation, is the subtle nuances that space and silence grant the listener's imagination. The slightest sounds now available on digital recordings can be the fizzle and pop produced by the artist. The inspired smaller gestures seem to have more to say here than most "improved" recordings these days.
Track Listing: Track 1; Track 2.
Personnel: Carol Genett: sound vocalist; Jon Mueller: amplified snare drums; Jack Wright: alto and soprano saxophone.
Record Label: Spring Garden Music
Style: Modern Jazz