Robert Jarvis: Carving Up Time
On “What Say You Did ?”, the quartet interrogates sublime themes with faint injections of humor, stop and start type interplay and a method of execution that incorporates acceleration and deceleration. Here, the band provides a crafty implementation consisting of modern jazz type inventions intertwined with bluesy swing vamps and bouncy rhythms. The musicians’ expound upon dirge like motifs in concert with ethereal sounds and rumbling rhythmic developments along with ostinato motifs amid Jarvis’ and saxophonist Frank van der Kooij’s brawny lines and limber soloing.
Overall, Jarvis and co. utilize time to their advantage as they demonstrate their wares atop abstract overtones, sounds of nature and pleasing melodies. Essentially, Jarvis’ is up to something here, as the end results prove to be quite gratifying!
Track Listing: What Say You Did?, Tea Of Pot, Rannochnoor, Global Village.
Personnel: Robert Jarvis; trombone: Frank van der Kooij; saxophones: Henk de Laat; double bass (tracks 1-3): Alan Noblock; double bass: Oscar Schulze; percussion (tracks 1-3): Jean-Victor de Boer; percussion: Sound; Kees van Gool & Robert Jarvis.
Record Label: Slam Records