Mark O'Leary/Wayne Horvitz/Dylan Van Der Schyff: FLUX (2008)
Pianist Wayne Horvitz also employs a prepared piano in spots while drummer Dylan Van der Schyff primarily serves as a colorist due to his gently paced cymbal swashes and asymmetrical pulses. Much of the program contains probing dialogues among the players. But O'Leary occasionally steers the band into bluesy motifs, underscored with ethereal implications. Yet the piece titled "Verdant," is partly about variable rhythmic metrics, subdivided into call/response dialogues and topped off with O' Leary's breezy lines and a carefree stride.
Ultimately, the band purveys mood-evoking sentiment, although there isn't much variance when considering the sum of the parts. And in some instances, the novelty wears a bit thin, especially during the third segment of the album. However, they manage to conjure up elicit imagery that might spark notions of a tranquil nature setting. Either way, the music iterated throughout does parallel the implications set forth by the album's title, although the thematic fluctuations bring about a calming effect.
Track Listing: Entrance; Be Careful What You Might Wish For; Vacant; Contextual; Vadalfjoll; Beyond The Abyss; Verdant; Flux; Evolution; Cantus; If You Ask Me; New England Memories; Pensive; Other Room
Personnel: Mark O'Leary: Guitar; Wayne Horvitz: Piano/Prepared Piano; Dylan Van Der Schyff: Drums/percussion.
Record Label: FMR Records
Style: Modern Jazz