Though this disc would never win any awards for longevity--it clocks in at under 35 minutes--the fact that the music has such substance more than makes up for it. On the other hand, if there was more of it, the disc could possibly appear on some of those year-end lists.
As a bassist himself, Brown has no little appreciation of the qualities inherent in other instruments in the string family, and his writing for the string quartet heard here, with two violas instead of the usual two violins, has the air of someone who knows also how to provide springboards ...read more
Pianist Dave Burrell has performed with saxophonists; Archie Shepp, David Murray and in 1979, recorded a widely acclaimed jazz-opera, titled Windward Passages, as the artist is equally at home whether performing modern/free jazz or when adhering to traditionalism. Thus, Burrell is a well-balanced musician who often injects his deeply personalized methodology into a palate that often consists of quirky motifs and subtle deviations from the tried and true
Brown, a longtime veteran of drummer Max Roach’s quartet, nicely compliments Burrell’s simply stated elegance on standards such as “Never Let Me Go” and “Blue Moon, via his sprightly patterns and contrasting ...read more
Like the late Jaki Byard, Dave Burrell is a pianist with a broad grasp of older jazz repertoires, most strikingly those represented by Stride and Ragtime. Hybridizing these antique styles with post-bop and free elements his keyboard sound is a creative pastiche of past, present and possible future. This particular recital focuses attention on what could be considered his more ‘inside’ leanings. Brown’s proven versatility through past gigs with Max Roach and Odean Pope makes him a fine foil for the series of relaxed and lyrical duets. Encompassing a program of standards from various jazz eras from Jelly Roll Morton, ...read more
The line-up on this disc is likely to puzzle most listeners familiar with previous entries in the CIMP catalog. Those seeking fiery rendered free jazz rife with ecstatic energy or obliquely sculpted chamber resonances will find their initial apprehensions realized. This may not be an expected CIMP date, but it’s not the first to showcase the talents of a vocalist, Pucci Amanda Jones holds that honor. But this date takes even more chances relying on an instrumentation that leaves no place for the artists to hide. On the surface voice and bass may seem like a sparse and unwieldy combination ...read more
These days, the boundaries of what is and what isn't jazz are being blurred by a number of factors, including but not limited to: changes of instrumentation, the break from traditional 2 and 4 on the cymbal, absence of a walking bass-line, and the introduction of new, impeccably dressed, well manicured artists who wear frilly shirts and have fancy hairdo's. These artists are colorful entertainers, capable of exhibiting a multitude of facial expressions and grimaces as they play music that although is being marketed by big record companies under the guise of jazz", seems to have more in common with ...read more
With Strings. String group interpretation of jazz is nothing new. There have been several string quartets that have pursued this road, the Kronos Quartet and Turtle Island String Quartet just to mention two. Wynton Marsalis entered the “String Quartet” fray with his String Quartet Number 1: At The Octoroon Balls (Sony Classical/Columbia 60979) released in 1999. Song of the Sun finds long-time Max Roach bassist Tyrone Brown expanding the traditional string quartet form two violins, a viola, and a cello to a sextet of two violins, two violas, a cello and double bass. The current disc is made up of ...read more