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A Few Dozen finds guitarist Bruce Arnold adapting serialist and twelve-tone concepts to jazz composition and improvisation. Joined by bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tony Moreno, Arnold comes up with a heady brew that defies easy categorization. There’s an angular edge to much of the material, especially the title track and the multilayered "Dialog." But the tempos and moods do vary — witness the latin bounce of "Broadway Y2K," the brooding slowness of "Numbers," and the singable beauty of "Reflection." Arnold shows that twelve-tone techniques needn’t be stiff, strident, or opaque; they can even yield a lovely ballad. And their formal strictures can lend melodic shape and focus to a solo, as Arnold also repeatedly proves.
Tracks: 1. A Few Dozen 2. Reflection 3. 7th Street 4. Numbers Prelude 5. Numbers 6. Broadway Y2K 7. Dialog.
Bruce Arnold, guitar; Ratzo B. Harris, acoustic bass; Tony Moreno, drums and percussion.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.