181

Jason Lindner: Ab Aeterno

By

Sign in to view read count
Jason Lindner: Ab Aeterno The defining track on Jason Lindner's excellent Ab Aeterno isn't an original composition, it's a medley of two Bud Powell tunes: "Sure Thing and "Glass Enclosure. Powell balanced bebop and classical idioms wonderfully on these songs and showed that even if the two kinds of music were distant relatives, they still shared a common language. Lindner expands on this idea throughout Ab Aeterno by blending various styles of world music within a jazz context, thus building a complete intertextuality.

The overdubbing and layering of the instruments on "Overture augurs what will follow on the rest of the disc. Lindner repeats the same brooding piano vamp as the bass and percussion of Omer Avital and Luisito Quintero slowly build toward a melodica/mbira dialogue between Lindner and Quintero. "The Gathering is an Afro-Cuban delight with bass and piano in perfect sync over the foundation of congas. Lindner plays piano with clear, flowing lines and Avital's plucking is so vibrant it's almost vocalese.

"Song For Amos, a tune forged with classical elements and nicely shifting textures, sounds like something Coltrane's rhythm section would have played when Trane laid out. Lindner's Tyner-ish trills set up some dynamic pizzicato by Avital, with the framework highlighted nicely by Quintero's multifaceted percussion.

One almost never hears a melodica/lute duo on a jazz recording but that's what Lindner and Avital pull off on the title track and it works. The haunting and hypnotic "Monserrate is the highlight of the disc, brought together by Lindner's elegant and daring playing over Quintero's simple percussion and more of Avital's robust pizzicato. Avital plays a beautiful flamenco riff on the oud on "Renacimiento, a tune that builds a bridge between Arabic and Latin music, while seamlessly combining Middle Eastern riffs with a standard blues on "Life Light.

The disc closes with Lindner playing solo on the ironically-titled "New Church, whose gospel theme is as archetypal as can be. Lindner is a fabulous pianist and composer, and he, Avital and Quintero bring a bountiful feast of sounds and colors to the table.

Track Listing: Overture; The Gathering; Song For Amos; Ab Aeterno; Monserrate; Renacimiento; Life Light; Sure Thing/Glass Enclosure; G-Point; New Church.

Personnel: Jason Lindner: piano, melodica & mbira; Omer Avital: contrabass & oud; Luisito Quintero: congas, African brush, bells, bongos, frame drum, maracas, cabash, darbuka, finger cymbals & cajon.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Confidences" CD/LP/Track Review Confidences
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 3, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Unstatic" CD/LP/Track Review Unstatic
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 9, 2016
Read "We Drift Meridian" CD/LP/Track Review We Drift Meridian
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 15, 2016
Read "Westering Home" CD/LP/Track Review Westering Home
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 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!