Michael Bisio: Undulations
The leader steers the band through intricate maneuvers, which is evident on “Give Up The Chair” where the radiant soloing and torrid pace coexists with subtle undercurrents and oscillating rhythms. Hence, the music breathes vigor and spontaneity amid cascading progressions and imaginative themes as the band finalizes the proceedings with the savage free-bop exposition, “Legends”.
Undulations packs a mighty punch! All in all, Bisio’s perceptive approach and upbeat implementations incorporate disparate elements along with a few nods to Ornette Coleman-like harmolodics and the soloist’s keen reinvention of melodies via passionate improv and controlled discipline. Hopefully, this wonderful recording will not be relegated into a category befitting unknown or hidden treasures as Michael Bisio’s invigorating project looms rather large within the big scheme of things.
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( OmniTone online )
Track Listing: 1) Doesn
Personnel: Michael Bisio; bass: Bob Nell; piano: Rob Blakeslee; trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn: Jim Nolet; viola: Ed Pias; drums
Record Label: OmniTone
Style: Modern Jazz