All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

297

Frode Gjerstad: A Sound Sight

Andrey Henkin By

Sign in to view read count
Even for a musician of Frode Gjerstad's stature—he has been active internationally since the early 1980s with a panoply of improvising brethren—New York can still be a tough town. Coming in as part of a short Christmas, 2007 tour, his gig at Jimmy's was unceremoniously cancelled. So he was to be found Dec. 11th packed into the back of Downtown Music Gallery with bassist Øyvind Storesund, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and guest Steve Swell, playing to a sizeable and appreciative crowd of regulars. The group soldiered on amicably, Nilssen-Love's pyrotechnics limited to a snare, hi-hat and one cymbal and Gjerstad's alto and clarinet as biting and probing as it has been for decades.

A portion of Gjerstad's discography—for his own label, Circulasione Totale, and others—has been given over to the saxophone trio. Even with Swell in tow at Downtown, the threesome of Gjerstad, Storesund and Nilssen-Love generated most of the momentum. Ten years and a few months prior, Gjerstad had another gig in New York with another impressive rhythm section: late bassist Wilbur Morris and drummer Rashid Bakr. This Knitting Factory concert has now been released as part of Ayler Records' download-only series and demonstrates that Gjerstad is above all things a committed improviser.

With Morris and Bakr, perhaps Gjerstad's aesthetic is a little more "American" and the rhythms more stable, but lengthy exploration is still the catchall. The disc is composed of three involved improvisations: "Sound (at over 30 minutes), "Sound Sight," which at four minutes is a slow breather after "Sound"'s fire and "Sight," 27 minutes of rested and restive Gjerstad.

What one takes away from this disc, the concert or indeed his whole career, is that Gjerstad, as any improviser worth his salt should, embraces challenging playing situations with a range of individuals yet is steadfast in remaining himself.

Track Listing: Sound; Sound Sight; Sight.

Personnel: Frode Gjerstad: alto sax; Wilber Morris: bass; Rashid Bakr: drums.

Title: A Sound Sight | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Ayler Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
At Club 7

At Club 7

Not Two Records
2017

buy
The Delaware River

The Delaware River

NoBusiness Records
2016

buy
The Delaware River

The Delaware River

NoBusiness Records
2015

buy
 

Deichman

Circulasione Totale
2013

buy
 

Live Tipple

Circulasione Totale
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Arise! CD/LP/Track Review
Arise!
by Chris May
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Plus One CD/LP/Track Review
Plus One
by Jerome Wilson
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Never Bet The Devil Your Head CD/LP/Track Review
Never Bet The Devil Your Head
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Oscar Peterson Plays CD/LP/Track Review
Oscar Peterson Plays
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 23, 2018
Read State Of The Baritone Volume 2 CD/LP/Track Review
State Of The Baritone Volume 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 23, 2018
Read "Free Radicals" CD/LP/Track Review Free Radicals
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 7, 2017
Read "Leading The British Invasion" CD/LP/Track Review Leading The British Invasion
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 30, 2017
Read "Wrong Turns And Dead Ends" CD/LP/Track Review Wrong Turns And Dead Ends
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 13, 2017
Read "Araminta" CD/LP/Track Review Araminta
by Mark F. Turner
Published: October 4, 2017
Read "Cub(an)ism" CD/LP/Track Review Cub(an)ism
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 4, 2017
Read "Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)" CD/LP/Track Review Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 14, 2017