Dave Fox: Dedication Suite (2006)
On "Dedication #2: Impromptu," Fox begins with intermittent, haunting chords and then settles into an improvisational massaging of the piano chordsliterally. The way he intersperses regular piano notes with plucks of the strings makes for an original collage. By contrast, "Interlude #2: Romance Todeslied," shows a gentle, harmonically emotional side of the pianist. Much of this piece, just under four minutes, is relatively soothing and shows that Fox does have tremendous command of his instrument, it's just that he's playing his way, unabashedly and unapologetically, not unlike Cecil Taylor. Similarly, "Dedication #3: Toccata," exemplifies his gentle side and that he's not solely concerned with unpredictable chord changes and impromptu sounds.
Most of the music on Dedication Suite is an acquired taste, largely because of its unpredictable nature and chord structures. But this recording should appeal to listeners expecting the unexpecting, delighting in the unpredictability of improvised music, and yearning for something new.
Track Listing: Prologue and Invocation; Mayday; Dedication #1; Interlude #1; Dedication #2; Interlude#2; Dedication #3; Finale; Conclusion and Evocation.
Personnel: Dave Fox: piano.
Record Label: Umbrella Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz