Marshall Allen Quartet Featuring Mark Whitecage: Mark-n-Marshall: Monday
Much of the disc is attractively song-oriented. “Out Of Nowhere” moves from straight bebop to roaring free-bop over its 12 minutes, there’s an enjoyable romp through “Fly Me To The Moon,” and “When You Wish Upon A Star” takes Jiminy Cricket out for a woozy dance that Disney probably never imagined. “Albatross” and “Seven And a Half Steps” are free improvs, the former dark and ruminative, the latter charging, and tightly-wound.
On alto and soprano saxophones, Mark Whitecage provides mobile flutterings that perfectly complement Allen’s Johnny Hodges-meets-Ornette Coleman tone. Dominic Duval provides bass commentary in the revolutionary mode of Scott LaFaro and Gary Peacock: Killer harmonic imagination, and a rhythmic sense that is to die for. Luqman Ali, a longtime associate of Allen’s in the Sun Ra constellation, supports the group with crisp, propulsive drumming. Who says Mondays are all bad?
Track Listing: Mr.Whitecage, Meet Mr. Allen Out Of Nowhere When You Wish Upon A Star Star Wishing Fly Me To The Moon Albatross Seven and a Half Steps
Personnel: Marshall Allen - alto saxophone Mark Whitecage - clarinet, alto & soprano saxophones Dominic Duval - bass Luqman Ali - drums
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz