PRISM Quartet: Real Standard Time
As opposed to groups like the World Saxophone Quartet, PRISM is less interested in the interface between swing and free jazz. Instead, they prefer to balance carefully composed progression and a more conventional straight-ahead style of improvisation. But the music on Real Standard Time remains unpredictable and open-ended; the inclusion of a spectrum of other players lends it a welcome sense of variety. Within the ironic context of "real standards," PRISM also offers a nice combination of purely original tunes.
Track Listing: Three; Your Gentle Heart; St. Michel; Real Standard Time: Passage; i remember...; Planet X; Irregular Regularity; Brown Eyes; Mission Implausible; Her August Touch; Blues for Mae; Hart's Beat; Three (reprise).
Personnel: Tim Ries: soprano saxophone; Michael Whitcombe: alto saxophone; Mat Levy: tenor saxophone; Taimur Sullivan: baritone saxophone. Ben Monder: guitar; Bob Ward: guitar; Larry Goldings: organ; Franck Amsallem: piano; Tony Scherr: bass; Johannes Weidenmuller: bass; John Riley: drums; Eric Halverson: drums; Matt Wilson: drums.
Record Label: Innova Recordings