Matt Turner and John Harmon: Outside In (2002)
From “I Fall In Love Too Easily” to the beautiful-bop of “Solar,” all is lovely and often clever, but often I miss fire or depth. As soon as I feel that, the duo throw me off the expected with originals like “Rabid Poultry,” Harmon abstract in a Cecil/Bley way, with Turner scratching, skyrocketing and moaning. Ornette’s tune “Roundtrip” finds Harmon chording on an organlike keyboard, with Turner truly taking off, a fabulous track, while the proceeding “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” again uses organ and a heavenly screechy cello grind.
The label is new to me. The packaging is not misleading, a delightfully early-60s bluegreen abstract photo, and the Stellar! label in a Jetsons space age curly script font. Is this the same Janet Planet formerly associated with Van Morrison?
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Track Listing: 1. I Fall In Love Too Easily; 2. Solar; 3. Rabid Poultry; 4. Mourning; 5. Roundtrip; 6. Darn That Dream; 7. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me; 8. Beautiful Love; 9. Forbidden Forest; 10. Ground Zero; 11. Blue In Green
Personnel: Matt Turner, cello; John Harmon, piano, keyboards
Record Label: Stellar Sound
Style: Modern Jazz