Tomer Baruch Quintet: The Nature Of Not Knowing
Israeli pianist Tomer Baruch marks his first recorded foray into jazz with The Nature Of Not Knowing, an ambitious project melding philosophy and jazz. What is his philosophy, what is he trying to convey? If we knew we wouldn't be listening.
Whatever it is though, it works. The Nature of Not Knowing is, for all its heavy ideas, quite accessible. It is contemplative, certainly, but at no point does it lose focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, dim as that light may seem. Baruch's compositions are less memorable for their note progressions as for the feelings they provoke. This is a quiet bandthey're not going to blow you away. But it is The Nature Of Not Knowing's moments of sparseness that speak the loudest. Baruch especially has a light touch on his instrument, slowing things down and wringing all the meaning out of each note.
's modern solo improvisations come to mindthe process of discovery only serves to highlight the beauty of the answer. Slowly, the bass joins in, supporting the piano and following the same path as the pace gradually quickens. The bass imperceptibly takes the lead for a moment before ceding it back to Baruch and laying out as the pace slows markedly.
The opening "The Nature Of Not Knowing" commences with a soundscape created by the five musicians. It conveys the vastness of life and space. That soundscape is punctuated by Baruch's simple, timidly played opening line, delivered as if embarking on a journey of knowledge gathering. The piano meanders aimlessly for a while before, joined by the drums, it triumphantly finds a path. Keith Jarrett
This is not an album meant to be listened to as background musicit is meant to be paid attention to, meant to provoke thought in the listener. In this endeavor, Baruch succeeds admirably.
Tracks: The Nature of Not Knowing/Whisper; Talkin' 1; The Nature Of Not Knowing; Song; Talkin' 2; Cry; Blues; The Nature Of Not Knowing; Morning.
Personnel: Tomer Baruch: piano; Tal Gur: soprano & alto saxophones; Gal Dahan: tenor saxophone; Ofri Ivzori: bass; Adam Cohen: drums.
Record Label: Cool-Kalb Records
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