Glen Hall / trio_muo: Angles (2006)
The band is apt to delve into a hustle and bustle groove, often complementing its geometrically designed themes. On "Radius, Hall pursues a subversive yet quite colorful avant-garde blues mode, eliciting an after-hours vibe. In other spots, they render crash and burn frameworks with stop/start motifs. Sorbara transmits his all-encompassing musicality by using various cymbals and small percussion instruments, bringing world music and tonal shadings into play.
Then on "Vertex, Hall's slightly gruff flute work contrasts nicely with Morse's rough-hewn arco passages. Nonetheless, Hall's theorizations and applications offer a striking portrait of a mature artist who enters the studio with a concrete game plan. This stuff is miles ahead of your typical free jazz cutting session, where vast expression equates to wantonly produced cacophony. Recommended.
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Track Listing: Axiom; Angle; Theorem; Corollary; Radius; Axis; Vertex; Circle/Square/Triangle; Theorem; Big Ears (for Paul Haines); Axiom 2.
Personnel: Glen Hall: woodwinds; Michael Morse: bass; Joe Sorbara: drums/percussion.
Record Label: Tarsier Records
Style: Modern Jazz