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Accurate Records: Growing Out of Boston

By Published: February 3, 2011
Besides music composed by Tristano and associates of the Tristano School, the record also includes original compositions by Pakula and Karayorgis. Thus, "Dark Song" is a mellifluous ballad by Pakula, slowly weaving a net of mournful lines around Karayorgis' Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
-ish comping. "In Time" is another ballad, this time by the pianist. Pretty and emotional, with use of unpredictable breaks and sudden bursts of fast unison lines, the song embodies the qualities of the record as a whole. At once intellectual and emotional, traditional and modernistic, accessible and experimental, Lines is a prime example of compositional and improvisational art.

Ken Schaphorst Ensemble

When The Moon Jumps

Accurate Records

For many years, arranger and composer Ken Schaphorst
Ken Schaphorst
Ken Schaphorst
b.1960
composer/conductor
has worked with the medium of the big band, but When The Moon Jumps sees his him working within the format of the tentet.

The players he has found to realize his compositions are far from unknown. In fact, with Medeski, Martin & Wood and saxophonist Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
b.1966
saxophone
participating, it could be called a regular star-ensemble. However, Schaphorst has the ability to use his collaborators ideally. As Bob Blumenthal writes in the liner notes: "Ken Schaphorst demonstrates that he knows both how to write, and, once his music is written, how to get his talented collaborators to make what he wrote sound right."

A perfect example of Schaphorst's ability to use the sound of his players is the beautifully realized "Concerto for John Medeski," a suite in three parts: "Flowing," "Standing Still" and "Flying." Here, pianist John Medeski
John Medeski
John Medeski

keyboard
's deconstructive sense of chaos and form, melody and dissonance, is translated into ambitious charts where the ebb and flow of the music enchants with a strong sense of inner logic.

Overall, Schaphorst has a superior sense of texture that comes successfully to the fore on When The Moon Jumps, that covers everything from silky Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
like swing to postmodern breakdowns of genre.

Grismore/Scea Group

Of What

Accurate Records

1997

The Grismore/Scea Group was formed by guitarist Steve Grismore and saxophonist and flutist Paul Scea, but it also features trumpeter Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
b.1954
trumpet
, drummer Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
b.1964
drums
and bassist Johnny Turner
Johnny Turner
b.1934
. Together they make up a potent unit whose powerful brew of electrified post-bop is both melodic and groovy.

Horns and guitar lines weave in and out of each other on "157 A.M." and "Intensity/Density," showcasing an updated version of saxophonist Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
's aesthetic with a touch of the avant-garde. The playing is imbued with urgency and Grismore's distorted guitar lines scream with passion.

Scea and Grismore are strong composers, capable of both sound and fury and gentle ballads. Thus, "Die for a Metaphor" and "Gone But Not Forgotten," written by Scea and Grismore respectively, move into quiet territory, creating delicate textures of sound. Hagans' playing especially shines on the latter with a smoky tone, while Matt Wilson's subdued march-like rhythms provide the background for the melody.

Of What is ambitious post-bop at its best. Melodically challenging and rhythmically intense, the record burns with conviction. Jazz history is played inside out and transformed into something entirely new and refreshing.

Jacques Chanier Trio

Quilt

Accurate Records

2003

The art of the trio is explored on pianist Jacques Chanier's beautiful album Quilt. Here, Chanier shows a crystalline, lyrical touch and an impressionistic sense of harmony, painting ethereal melodies with melancholy chords, but he can also swing with passion and inventiveness.

Helping him out is drummer Brooke Sofferman
Brooke Sofferman
b.1972
drums
, who both caters to Chanier's lyrical mood and his need of a good groove. The same thing is true of bassist Thomas Kneeland whose use of electronics, as on the haunting "Endless," gives extra color to the trio's signature sound.



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