ROTTOR: The First Full Turn
While also known as a sultry balladeer, Julie Tippett mainly scats throughout and utilizes all registers of her vocal prowess. Pianist Keith Tippett compliments with probing and intuitive motifs supplemented by stinging single note runs. Keith Tippett dances over the keys and serves as the catalyst for bassist Rogers and trombonist Rutherford prompting abstract rhythmic statements while providing the glue that sustains some semblance of order. "The First Full Turn” as the title may implicate, represents an improvised affair that represents circular construction and execution. Themes flow and are restated in similar form yet never sound exactly the same. The 2nd track, “Another Solo Turn” is a live solo performance from trombonist Paul Rutherford. Rutherford is one of the unsung heroes of the trombone and enjoys more recognition in Europe as opposed to the United States. Few can sustain interest with a 12-minute solo trombone composition. Wonderfully recorded, Rutherford shifts moods and displays a wealth of ideas. Rutherford makes every note count.
“ROTTOR” is an aggregate of cutting edge stylists that should be deemed essential listening for advocates of “free and improvised jazz”.
Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz