Marilyn Crispell (Golden Years of New Jazz: Selected Works 1983-1986
The opening piece on Disc 1, titled “Archaic Visions Part I” is a solo piano tour de force, as Ms. Crispell utilizes blues and jazz-based motifs as forums for abstract thematic developments, rendered via fluctuating meter and rapid crescendos. However, Ms. Crispell’s Cecil Taylor-like left hand, right hand mode of attack is marked by mini themes, awash with stirring melodies and intricate harmonic developments. Meanwhile, Crispell and drummer Doug James go rolling and tumbling atop fiery call and response type dialogue and maniacal swing motifs, as they explore a multitude of odd-metered rhythms and sinewy paths. Ultimately, these remastered tapes provide an insightful portraiture of Marilyn Crispell’s early-mid 80’s cunning inventiveness as the artist surges onward into the new millennium with much more to offer. Recommended.
Track Listing: Disc 1: (solo piano) Archaic Visions Part 1, Love, Rhythms Hung in Undrawn Sky, Song for Abdullah, Sadness, Archaic Visions Part 2, (duo with Doug James
Personnel: Marilyn Crispell; solo piano with Doug James; drums: Quartet with Marcio Mattos; bass: Didier Pett; cello and Yoval Mincemacher; drums
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz