Luiz Ebert / Fidel Cuellar: Audiograph (2014)
With six pieces delivered by a potent quintet that includes Livio Almeida (reeds), Will Caviness (brass), and Ian Stapp (bass), the set contains expressive performances in tunes such as "Waltz for a Ballerina," with its robust horns and rich harmonies, and the hip yet graceful flow of "River," where Ebert and Cuellar introduce a delicate rhythmic cadence before the rising theme. The hectic commute in "I-87 Major Deegan Expressway" is filled with sampled traffic noises and cacophonous instruments, while "Thursday Night (in Harlem)" recalls memories of Latin street music as each piece represents a unique facet of life, people and connectivity.
But music is only part of the equation as the Limited Edition CD includes a beautiful 56-page booklet with artwork contributed by six photographers from around the globe. Their contributions are represented in unique interpretations of what they "saw" when listening to a specific piece, like Berlin photographer Adelaide Ivánova's opaque images of "Linda's Lament." Like any art form, the end result is left to interpretation and that's the openness of Audiograph, as it captures moments in both sight and sound and invites the listener to create new images.
Track Listing: Waltz For A Ballerina; River; I-87 Major Deegan Expressway; Linda's Lament; Thursday Night (in Harlem); Sweet Journey.
Personnel: Luiz Ebert: drums, Fidel Cuellar: piano, Fender Rhodes, Moog, sequences, Livio Almeida: saxophones, flute; Will Caviness: flugelhorn, trumpet; Ian Stapp: bass.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz