Louie Belogenis Unbroken Tick Tock 2005
Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis traces his roots to Coltrane and Ayler explicitly, having recorded as a duo with drummer Rashied Ali and in Prima Materia, a band led by Ali that has recorded album-long interpretations of Meditations and Bells. His agenda is the same (transcendence) and his vocabulary is similar (ecstatic), but Belogenis builds to his explosions, rather than exploding right out of the box. In this respect, he resembles Pharoah Sanders most. Backed by bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and drummer Kenny Wollesen, the rhythm section frequently establishes ...read more
The Vision Festival has cemented its reputation as the premiere event of the creative improvising scene. It celebrates artists dedicated to expanding the art, those (not coincidentally) often overlooked by the haughtier jazz festivals. The confluence of musicians, poets, dancers and appreciative listeners at Vision spawns creative energy and inspired performances. The meeting of saxophonist Louie Belogenis, trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr., bassist Hill Greene and drummer Michael Wimberly under the moniker Exuberance at the 2003 edition, captured on Live at Vision Festival , offers vivid evidence of the vitality it engenders. Wimberly's fluid djembe playing and quasi-ritual chanting ...read more
The working group known as Exuberance, formed in 1999, has released its first studio recording in The Other Shore. Dedicated to the late Wilber Morris, the disc is a reflective and joyful affair.The quartet is made up of saxophonist Louie Belogenis (Prima Materia), trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. (Other Dimensions In Music, Pyramid Trio, Peter Brötzmann Tentet), bassist Hill Greene (Jimmy Scott, Cecil Taylor), and drummer Michael Wimberly (Charles Gayle). Roy Campbell's recent recordings for Delmark and Thirsty Ear, in addition to sessions with William Parker's various groups, have showcased his varying tastes. Louie Belogenis' most recent release was ...read more
Rings of Saturn evokes a powerful sense of deja vu for Coltrane lovers. Its clear antecedent: 1967's seminal duo record Interstellar Space, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali. On Interstellar Space, Coltrane blew with fierce emotional intensity, exploring multiphonic and multitimbral effects from the outer limits of possibility. Meanwhile Ali kicked up a firestorm of free rhythm, constantly interacting with the horn and intertwining lines.
After a first like that, it's not realistic to try to attempt repeating history. Fortunately, these two players are wise enough to do their own thing. Louie Belogenis, a masterful tenor player best known from ...read more
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