158

Jeff Kaiser: 17 Themes for Ockodektet

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Jeff Kaiser: 17 Themes for Ockodektet Jeff Kaiser’s New Music for large ensemble relies on free group improvisation. By enlisting the support of veteran jazz artists, all of them highly creative improvisers from an avant-garde stance, he’s able to get his message across clearly and with pleasure for the listener. These two suites of Kaiser’s are performed before a live audience. Impressionism makes this combination of classical music and jazz pique your interests throughout the program. There are a few places, such as in “Dirge” and “Coincidentia Oppositorum,” where the band’s persona takes on a Mingus-like passion and begins to wail in a positive sense. For the most part, however, Kaiser’s program falls into a pattern of eerie moans and disconnected phrases. Featured timbres range from trumpet, piccolo, oboe, marimba and alto saxophone to contrabass clarinet and tuba. Often resembling the sounds of an orchestra warming up, Kaiser’s large ensemble loses its cohesiveness during many long stretches where no one in particular takes the spotlight and there seems to be some indecision as to who will step up next. Audio excerpts are available on the ‘net


Track Listing: Suite One: Dirge; Clad Like Birds; Amplifying Their Parallels; Nothing May Be Taken Naturally; Even with Diagrams; One Absolute Material; Figures of this In-Between; Figures to be Actualities; Figure with Wings; Suite Two: Coincidentia Oppositorum; Where His Third Eye Could Be; Fulfilled by the Reflected Image; There is No Profit from Dreams; Into That Nothing-Between.

Personnel: Jeff Kaiser- trumpet, conductor; Eric Barber, Vinny Golia, Emily Hay, Lynn Johnston- woodwinds; Dan Clucas, Kris Tiner- trumpet; Eric Sbar- euphonium, valve trombone; Mark Weaver- tuba; Ernesto Diaz-Infante- prepared acoustic guitar; G.E. Stinson- electric guitar, electronics; Wayne Peet- organ, theremin, electronics; Jim Connolly, Scott Walton- contrabass; Billy Mintz, Richie West- drums; Brad Dutz- percussion.

Year Released: 2002 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Rise" CD/LP/Track Review Rise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 12, 2016
Read "A Woman's Work..." CD/LP/Track Review A Woman's Work...
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "Lowdown Hoedown" CD/LP/Track Review Lowdown Hoedown
by Paul Rauch
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "A Room Forever" CD/LP/Track Review A Room Forever
by Budd Kopman
Published: April 15, 2016
Read "Sunday Night At The Vanguard" CD/LP/Track Review Sunday Night At The Vanguard
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 18, 2016
Read "Closer To The Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Closer To The Sun
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: January 9, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!