Expositions of Freedom...Now!: Badlands
From the onset of the fifteen minute opus “Freedom of Thought”, the band’s charter is quickly established as expressionistic imagery converges with multifarious elements and well-stated mini-themes. Siwula’s distinctive and often steely edged alto sax lines spearhead the rhythm sections’ sinewy developments and electrified currents. Here and throughout, Siwula’s enticing employment of richly thematic, vibrato-induced statements along with Cherry’s commanding presence and Arnal’s sweeping fills, and odd-metered beats provide the listener with a potpourri of harmonious interludes and raw, yet powerful improv. Siwula produces rhythmically inclined soulfulness and probing sentiments on his solo alto sax performance titled, “Vibes”, while the band soars into the stratosphere during “Freedom In The Wind”. However, “Freedom Of Horizon” is reminiscent of the fabled British free-jazz movement as the trio blends conversational type dialogue with briefly stated, clipped lines yet eventually pick up steam as all hell breaks loose. Recommended!
Track Listing: Pica Cato, Freedom of Thought, Vibes, Freedom in Wind, A Gap, Freedom of Sunset, Hi Coo, Freedom of Hope, Good Bye, Freedom of Horizon
Personnel: Blaise Siwula; alto sax: Vattel Cherry; bass: Jeff Arnal; drums
Record Label: Cadence Jazz Records
Style: Modern Jazz