Elliott Sharp Aggregat: Quintet (2013)
Defined on a bustling musical environment, the quintet kicks it into tenth-gear on the scrappy and somewhat voluble "Katabatics." It's an open-forum, where much of the emphasis is placed on the frontlines' interactions and expansions with concise statements and a looping improv motif. They eventually calm the festivities down then assert a bit of fire and brimstone for the finale, as the piece "Qubits," features a motif devised on anguish and discontent atop a swarming pulse.
"Blues For Butch" is a mid-tempo blues inflected jaunt, touched with a smidgeon of expressive balladry. Yet the musicians lean towards an open-ended panorama via vivid extended note phrasings and tumultuous multipart exchanges amid a staggered flow. On the final track "Cherenkov Light (for Lol Cohxill)," Sharp pays reverence to the late British saxophonist Lol Cohxill with a low-key storyline, incited by Nate Wooley's muted trumpet lines and the band's acoustic-instrument treatments that perhaps simulate electronics processing. Otherwise, Sharp's choice of running with pieces clocking in between two and seven-minutes in length helps broaden the program's scope and elevate interest, since each composition offers dissimilar contexts and variable thematic currents.
Track Listing: Magnetar; Katabatics; Arc Of Venus; Anabatics; Qubits; Blues For Butch; Lacus Temporis; Dissolution; Historical Friction; Laugh Out Loud (for Lol Coxhill); Cherenkov Light.
Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet; Terry L. Green: trombone; Brad Jones: bass; Ches Smith: drums. E#: tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet.
Record Label: Clean Feed Records
Style: Modern Jazz