Ben Goldberg Quintet: The Door, The Hat, The Chair, The Fact (2006)
Drawing upon his own considerable depth and breadth as composer and clarinetist, Goldberg combines with the equally expressive violinist Carla Kihlstedt and melds with tenor saxophonist Rob Sudduth against a West Coast rhythm section of bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Ches Smith. The quintet moves in and out from short to long. Lacy's "Facts is ethereally elegiac as Kihlstedt's vocal blends with clarinet to then reappear on a second presentation that substitutes fiddle for voice. Extended tracks offer opportunities for each instrumentalist to expound on a theme: the pleading for one more "Long Last Moment, the violin/bass conversation that opens "I Before E Before I before the catchy rhythm meets the infectious melody originally stated in the short opener, "Petals.
All ironically join together to present "Lone until "Cortege begins as a slow rhythmic funereal procession led by clarinet that is joined along the way by a cacophonous crowd fading away into silence. A final hidden track soothes with the restful warm tone of tenor and clarinet. Overall, an intensely personal listening experience.
Track Listing: Petals; Song & Dance; Long Last Moment; F13; Facts; Blinks; I Before E Before I; Learned From Susan Stewart; MF; Facts; Dog's Life; Lone; Cortege; Unlisted.
Personnel: Ben Goldberg: clarinet; Carla Kihlstedt: violin, voice; Rob Sudduth: tenor saxophone; Devin Hoff: bass; Ches Smith: drums.
Record Label: Cryptogramophone
Style: Modern Jazz