6

Agusti Fernandez - Barry Guy - Ramon Lopez: A Moment's Liberty

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Agusti Fernandez - Barry Guy - Ramon Lopez: A Moment's Liberty The powerhouse international trio's third effort radiates an uncanny, or perhaps uncommon framework combining beauty—due to Agusti Fernandez's lyrically rich and gorgeous statements—coupled with power and free-form elaborations. For instance, on the 18-minute opener "A Moment's Liberty," Fernandez opens with solitary phrasings via lush balladry while transmitting a sense of loneliness until the band embarks on a topsy-turvy voyage, drenched with slippery deviations and drummer Ramon Lopez's rolling wave type patterns.

Aided by the translucent audio engineering, you could probably hear a pin drop during the quieter passages, but even when the band is going for the gusto with scorching interchanges, they perform with eloquence and panache. Within the grand scope, distinguished bassist Barry Guy is the director of operations amid blustery and poignant lines that also infuse a lofty degree of counterpoint into the big picture. As the trio intermittently launches a cavalcade of rhythmic outbursts, which is a show of force, yet frequently tempered by Fernandez's tuneful trinkets and melodious soundscapes that often equalize the oscillating currents. They improvise and flourish among tangible themes but occasionally deform the storylines into occurrences of avant-garde expressionism.

On "Uma," the pianist constructs swirling and expansive narratives that spawn quite a bit of depth, framed by rests between choruses and his lithe interludes. Consequently, each track is a nest of unanticipated surprises pertaining to meter and shifts in strategy. And Fernandez finales the agenda on the ever-so-gentle "Joan I Joana," where the tide shifts to a serene environ. Here, Lopez' brittle brushes reinforce the fragile outlook, but the musicians broaden and intensify the overall scope, while ultimately ending on a somber note.

Historically speaking, it is somewhat out of the ordinary for jazz-centric improvisers, to fuse sonatas and hummable themes with a red zone schematic. Then again, these musicians are accustomed to venturing off the beaten paths and dishing out works that sustain interest and yield alternating perspectives in an immensely entertaining manner.


Track Listing: A Moment’s Liberty; Annalisa; El Tesoro; Uma; Breath; Bielefeld Breakout; Orangina; Algarabia; The Ancients; Joan I Joana.

Personnel: Agusti Fernandez: piano; Barry Guy: double bass; Ramon Lopez: drums, percussion.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Maya


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Flowers" CD/LP/Track Review Flowers
by John Sharpe
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" CD/LP/Track Review I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "Binary" CD/LP/Track Review Binary
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 19, 2016
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 28, 2016
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2016

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!