Nate Wooley, Seymour Wright: About Trumpet and Saxophone (2013)
Although from opposite sides of the Atlantic, as a pairing Wooley and Wright are highly compatible, having followed similar journeys in rethinking how they play their instruments and developing their own unique voices on them. The overused term "extended technique"with its vaguely sniffy air of disapprovalis not really fitting for the sounds they produce; far more appropriate is the phrase employed by drummer Eddie Prevostin whose weekly workshop Wright is a stalwart"searching for sounds." Certainly, the pair's shared vocabulary including mouthpiece and key pops, bent notes and slurs, breathy under-blown sounds, percussive tappings and moreis eloquent testimony to their journeys.
While it captures the daring and innovation of their music, that list does not fully do justice to their vocabulary, failing to encompass the poignancy, emotion and sheer musicality of many of their exchanges. As a duo, they blend together well, sympathetically responding to and complementing each other. On more than one occasion, their interactions called to mind the "twins" tag once attached to the trumpet and sax of Cherry and Coleman. In fact, if the history of jazz can be told via great trumpet/saxophone pairings (Bix/Tram, Diz/Bird, Chet/Gerry, Miles/Trane, Don/Ornette, Kenny/Evan...add your own favourites) separated by stylistic quantum leaps, then the pairing of Nate/Seymour might just represent the latest such leap.
Track Listing: 3:27 ; 3:25 ; 3:15 ; 6:04 ; 6:48 ; 9:05 ; 6:15 ; 2:07 ; 4:23.
Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet; Seymour Wright: alto saxophone.
Record Label: Fataka