Glenn White: Sacred Machines (2008)
Given the richness and commanding presence of White's horn, a lesser flutist could have easily been overshadowed or relegated to augmentation and coloration. Baum, however, is such a powerful player in her own right that she is able to meet White on equal terms. Such is the case on many of these cuts as the two back each other up without sacrificing their individuality, go toe-to-toe in call-and-response fashion or play in tandem for gorgeous voicings.
While there is more than a hint of modality heremost obvious when the tenor takes center stage alone against a three-piece rhythm sectionthe pieces in toto are musically varied. Precious chamber-like moments reveal themselves as a flute/tenor duet or in the guise of an achingly beautiful Piket solo. These add to the depth and character of these tunes but Piket also spices things up by switching to Rhodes to add some occasional funkiness. While there is some definite virtuosic showcasing hereand with these players there should bethe centripetal style of the group dynamic is where this release shines.
Track Listing: Sacred Machines; Split Infinity; Triality; Washington Heights; Phobia; Wish; Aftermath.
Personnel: Glenn White: tenor sax; Roberta Piket: piano, Rhodes; Jamie Baum: flute, alto flute; Gary Wang: bass; Jeff Hirshfield: drums; Patrick Hay: guitar.
Record Label: OA2 Records
Style: Modern Jazz