Dominic Duval: Anniversary (2002)
The program combines a sumptuous repast of originals with a handful improvisations based on standards to keep the pot percolating. Duval’s opening rendering of Mingus’ “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” packs an inordinate amount of rhythmic and harmonic information in a comparatively conservative duration. Ornette Coleman’s classic “Law Years” is afforded similarly royal treatment. On several tracks he makes use of stereo delays to broaden the harmonic scope of his instrument. For my tastes these additions dilute from the immediacy of his acoustic improvisations, but on the flipside they do undeniably add further textural elements and a new spectrum of color from which he may draw. Pieces are divided fairly evenly been arco and pizzicato features and Duval attacks each with dithyrambic vigor.
Perhaps what is most surprising is the crisp immediacy and rich luster of the recorded sound. CIMP sessions are notorious for providing string instruments short shrift. Under the organic CIMP set-up string dynamics sometimes get subsumed, especially when coupled with drums. In this case, with Duval as the lone voice, such overlap is not an issue and every sonic constituent of his creations is revealed and made audible. Even the pop and crackle of a nearby fireplace is captured for posterity. It’s in instances such as this that the much-maligned CIMP sound shows off it’s true strengths, silencing (if only temporarily) the critics. I urge any listener familiar with Duval and for that matter any anyone who covets a love for the bass to check this disc out posthaste.
Tracks:Goodbye Porkpie Hat/ improv Con Electo/ Gloria’s Step/ A Little Heart/ Snowflake/ improv off It Never Entered My Mind/ Law Years/ Sinif/ improv off I Can’t Get Started/ New Day/ improv off In a Sentimental Mood/ improv off Inchworm.
Recorded: January 19 & 20, 2000, Rossie, NY.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz