Marty Ehrlich: Song
Ehrlich then leads the band through a gospel-tinged reading of Bob Dylan’s "I Pity the Poor Immigrant." The song, from 1968’s John Wesley Harding, contains the immortal line, "who passionately hates his life, and likewise fears his death." Sustaining the penultimate chord with intensity before landing softly on the final, conclusive note, the group gets to the heart of Dylan’s bitterly told tale.
Next is a ten-minute-plus original called "Fauve," the album’s high point, with the leader on soprano. The piece moves through an impressionistic rubato into fast, bright swing and eventually back again to rubato. Caine then introduces an unexpected 6/8 section, an inspired detour that ultimately concludes the piece. Wrapping up the session is "The Falling Rains of Life," with Ehrlich back on bass clarinet where he started, delighting in the contours of Jaki Byard’s achingly beautiful melody.
Song is marred only by the fact that the piano and bass aren’t nearly present enough on the recording. Otherwise, it’s a major statement by Marty Ehrlich.
Track Listing: 1. Song 2. The Price of the Ticket 3. Day of the Dark Bright Light 4. Blue Boye
Personnel: Marty Ehrlich, alto and soprano saxes; Uri Caine, piano; Michael Formanek, bass; Billy Drummond, drums
Record Label: Enja Records
Style: Modern Jazz