Jim Nolet finds himself in a decidedly Bossa-Nova Mood on this new Cathexis release.
Syzygy, Jim Nolet's previous Cathexis release, was a cyber cross between Nicolo Paganini and John Coltrane (the latter's Central Park West" and Countdown" being creatively covered by Nolet and his crack band. It was highly virtuosic and smacked of superb technique and intelligent performance. Part of Syzygy 's intelligence was a powerful internal cohesion that revolved around the near avant-guard realm in Jazz. Nolet infuses this same cohesion into his latest release, Arco Vos, this time focusing on a readily appealing Bossa Nova humor.
Arco Vos ...read more
Fiddlin’ Around The Coltrane Way. Jim Nolet has two John Coltrane pieces on his new disc Syzygy. This would not be unusual for a reeds-based disc, but Nolet plays strings...the violin and viola to be exact. “Central Park West” is played as a beautiful ballad and “Countdown” a halogen hop. Coltrane is demanding enough for the reeds. It shows Nolet’s musical stones that he would consider this material much less record it.
Six Degrees of Separation. I have always thought the violin was a difficult jazz instrument that even the best players can come up sounding just a little off ...read more