Reuben Radding: Intersections (2006)
Radding has one of the thickest tones on the double bass in jazz today; his playing relies on notes that carry on and linger horizontally, while his compositions run the scale vertically. This bidirectionality infuses the music with a favorable creative tension, particularly on the hypnotic "Making Certain it Goes On. Oscar Noriega's snake-charmer clarinet seduces on "Siren, a tone poem that features Radding's evocative arco attack and enables Matt Moran to put the "vibe" in vibraphone with his resonating sustained notes.
"Canal and Lafayette picks up the tempo a bit from "Brush, but continues the same mathematically precise playing by Noriega and Moran, while on "Bellevue, Bellevue and Bellevue, Moran's single-note strikes jump from left to center to right, orienting you to the composition even as its repetitiveness locks your attention. "Marginal Way mixes Radding's arco and pizzicato and alternately pairs him up with his bandmates: mirrored by Moran's metallic vibes, in dialogue with Noriega, then back to Moran for a concluding conversation. Drum fans need not fear. Noriega, Moran and Radding create a world of melody and rhythm all their own.
Track Listing: Brush; Siren; Canal and Lafayette; Bellevue, Bellevue, and Bellevue; Jasper's Lies; North; Marginal Way; Making Certain It Goes On; Dance of Fury.
Personnel: Reuben Radding: double bass; Matt Moran: vibraphone; Oscar Noriega: clarinet.
Record Label: Pine Ear Music
Style: Modern Jazz