Sam Bardfeld: Periodic Trespasses (2006)
Working with the concept of "all music tells stories," Bardfeld spins a whimsical tale about a guy who doesn't know whether he should "pursue a career in periodontal surgery or dive into the unknown seas of his long-repressed dream, to become a master of Renaissance krummhorm."
The stories may be whimsical, but the music, with Barfeld's violin stretching its long notes around Ron Horton's trumpet and Tom Beckham's vibes, gets a serious treatment that results in a sometimes lighthearted romp that hints at Eastern Europe in spots, flirts with Cuba on "Harry's Mambo," and at times gives off a Steven Bernstein/Diaspora Hollywood mood.
"Saul's Long Night" opens the set with Ron Horton's stuttery, then fluid trumpet solo over a light vibraphone glow, joined by Bardfeld, who injects some elasticity into the group interplay. And while the front line has a lighter than air feeling, the bass/drum rhythm of Sean Conly and Satoshi Takeishi provides a firm tether.
Periodic Trespasses offers a playful and ebullient sound, full of stretchy textures and airy, engaging melodies.
Track Listing: Chapter II; Saul's Long Night; Chapter II; Beal; There Cpould Have Been More of It; Chapter III; I Was Basking in It; Je T'aime..Moi Non Plus; Chapter IV; I.M.M.A.T.R.I.D.; Chapter V; Portrait of Jessica; Harry's Mambo; Chapter VI; Flood; Chapter VI; Dream of the Doppleganger.
Personnel: Sam Bardfeld: violin, narration; Ron Horton: trumpet; Tom Beckham: vibes, slide whistle; Sean Conly: bass; Satoshi Takeishi: drums.
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent