3ology: With Ron Miles (2010)
The standout track is "Nightmares of My Youth," a group composition that is positively avant-garde. With tympani reverberations, below-the-bridge bass scraping and a distracted reed line in its exposition, it reaches critical mass with double-counterpoint horn lines. Moving from Don Cherry-like blowing atop a bowed bass line, Miles' invention solidifies the tune's development as a moderato melody, completed with a twang from bassist Carmichael.
Tim Carmichael's guitar-like facility serves him well elsewhere as does his steady timekeeping, often joining Power's brawny backbeat. As for Doug Carmichael, he can reed bite, flutter-tongue and chirp stridently when challenged, as he is by Miles' contrapuntal slurs on tunes such as "Gonna Leave A Mark" and "Back in Hotchitakee." He does, however, have a tendency to lapse into overdone mellowness.
With Ron Miles proves that interesting music can be produced from unheralded players if the right circumstances are evoked. Whether it's a one-off or a rethinking of 3ology's usual style is something only the trio members can decide.
Track Listing: All Miles; Gonna Leave A Mark; Back in Hotchitakee; Dear Rita; Hold the Letter; Make it Through; Snow; Time; Fingers in a Glove.
Personnel: Ron Miles: cornet; Doug Carmichael: alto saxophone; Tim Carmichael: bass; Jon Powers: drums.
Record Label: Capri Records
Style: Modern Jazz