Tchicai - Kohlhase - Fewell - McBee - Hart: Tribal Ghost (2013)
Tchicai and multi-woodwind ace Charles Kohlhase inaugurate thematic construction atop a blithe ostinato with yearning notes and Fewell's shady and tuneful lines. They subsequently raise the pitch and open it up, gelled by Tchicai's steely tenor sax phrasings. Consequently, each piece features the frontline's spirited voicings, as they bridge harmony and discord with soulful balladry and portentously crafted motifs. "Dark Matter" idealizes these factors, prominently supported by Cecil McBee's deep bass lines. Here, the band renders mood-evoking sentiment while Fewell underscores and circles around the core mantra. But "Llanto Del Indio," offers a trance-like aura, set forth by the bassist's nimbly plucked ostinato groove. As Tchicai and Kohlhase acquire vocal characteristics via their bluesy phrasings above drummer Billy Hart's understated Latin pulse. Otherwise, their meticulous plot developments are spiced with vivid expressionism, but once again Fewell tempers the intensity level with windswept movements and transcendent overtones. To summarize, Tribal Ghost is an unhurried production, incited by the musicians' concentrated focus and seamless distribution of colorific improvisational segments and well- defined narratives.
Track Listing: Tribal Ghost; The Queen of RA; Dark Matter; Llanto Del Indio.
Personnel: John Tchicai: tenor saxophone and bass clarinet; Carlie Kohlhase: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Garrison Fewell: guitar and percussion; Cecil McBee: bass; Billy Hart: drums.
Record Label: NoBusiness Records
Style: Modern Jazz