Free jazz, like bebop, is complex intense playing with an emphasis on momentum. This is a simple description of the music that occupies a portion of Principle Hope
. The venue where this music was performed is Boston's Tremont Theatre, a regular home for no-holds-barred open-ended jazz. The essential component of any free jazz performance is strong communication between each member of the group, which ensures forward motion. The late Peter Kowald lends particularly keen vision to this ensemble, whose credits simply appear in alphabetical order.
These numbers have a softer context then what might normally be expected from such a high energy group. The opening number, "Awakening," is the prefect interpretation of free jazz's signature sound: very intense playing. While Kowald and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter trading notes, Laurence Cook pushes both men forward with his drumming. The unanticipated treat occurs when Jonathan LaMaster's violin drops in to thrust the improvisation to another level.
Daniel Carter is an established virtuoso on the New York downtown music scene. On the track “The Many and the Few,” Carter plays a muted trumpet while Kowald sprints through bass scales on top. This is not music marketed for the masses; it aims for listeners with an appreciation for extemporaneously creative improvisation.
Personnel: Daniel Carter- reeds trumpet and flute
Laurence Cook- acoustic and electronic percussion
Peter Kowald- acoustic bass
Jonathan LaMaster- acoustic violin electric 6- string violin, bowed metal
Keith Fullerton Whitman- real time audio processing (track 1)