Russell Schmidt: Anachromysticism (2013)
Schmidt imagines music in competing tonal colors. The disc opener, "At Time's End" is a relatively straightforward piece featuring saxophonists Eric Rasmussen, and Brice Winston playing tenor. The two have their respective turns in solo, illustrating a certain sympatico. Schmid's chording is sound and consonant beneath the reeds and in his solo bisecting the tenor spotlights. The title piece is a sprawling nineteen-minute impressionistic examination that weaves in and out of avant-garde and free jazz at will. The composition has all the hallmarks of Ornette Coleman's '60s recordings, as well as recalling Jimmy Giuffre's famous free trio experiments of the same period. Schmidt establishes a tonal and harmonic center, but shows no fear in coloring well beyond the lines he has established. This is about as far out as Schmidt gets on a recording that has a bit of something for everyone.
Track Listing: At Time’s End; Anachromysticism; Descent; Conscience; Fortnight With Ferguson; Will She Be Revealed To Me; Bad Idea; Mediate; Percolate; Freeze Tag.
Personnel: Russell Schmidt: piano; Eric Rasmussen: soprano and alto saxophones; Brice Winston: soprano and tenor saxophones; Dwight Kilian: bass; Rob Moore: drums, percussion.
Record Label: AMP Records