Sean Conly / Alex Harding / Darius Jones / Chad Taylor: Grass Roots (2012)
The seven tracks take no prisoners whether distributing hard bopping swing in "Flight AZ 1734" or relentless freedom in "Ricochet" in the modes of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler. Yet it's the harmonious and creamy center inside Taylor's "Whatiss" that keeps Jones's atonal intro more palatable as the band methodically negotiates, shapes, and churns the funky melody. Conly's "Schnibbett" is another highlightat nearly twelve minutes, its docile cadence is unhurried, but like a feral animal, equally threatening, as each musician intuitively collaborate and provide vibrant solos. Grass Roots is a searing introduction from a intrepid collective that is hopefully not a one-off.
Track Listing: Hotttness; Lovelorn; Ricochet; Schnibbett; Flight AZ 1734; Whatiss; Hovering Above. .
Personnel: Sean Conly: bass; Alex Harding: baritone saxophone; Darius Jones: alto saxophone; Chad Taylor: drums.
Record Label: AUM Fidelity