Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

176

The Contemporary Jazz Quintet: Actions 1966-67

By

Sign in to view read count
At any moment, the dialogue to some '60s sci-fi movie seems ready to enter the eerie, spooky world of Actions. "Geez, Jim. Where have we landed?" "This, Timmy, this is planet free jazz circa 1967." Cue the "singing saw," the album's most prominent feature, and you can almost see the string pulling the spaceship off to the heavens. The Contemporary Jazz Quintet's Actions is certainly an evocative work; its moods are more dreamy than factual, its execution more fantasy than reality.

The album also shows its age, and that's a good thing. Nowadays, jazz experiments unfortunately border on noise, giving listeners inconclusive results. On Actions, recorded during '66 and '67, concepts of structure, melody, and rhythm are tweaked, prodded, and scrutinized. Though at times disorienting, the Danish group maintains a musical resiliency throughout the album's five numbered "Actions."

Niels Harrit's saw, in particular, comes unexpected at first: a loopy, weird sound in the opening moments that eventually convinces you of its merits. Released on Atavistic's almost always excellent Unheard Music Series, this recording is a worthy trip to an alternate time and space. Dig that saw action!


Track Listing: Action II; action III; Action IV; action V; Action VI

Personnel: Steffen Andersen, bass; Hugh Steinmetz, trumpet; Franz Beckerlee, alto sax; Bo Thirge Andersen, drums; Niels Harrit, saw

Title: Actions 1966-67 | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Atavistic Worldwide


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns CD/LP/Track Review Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Song of No Regrets CD/LP/Track Review Song of No Regrets
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Sounding Tears CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by John Sharpe
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Kill The Boy CD/LP/Track Review Kill The Boy
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Rain or Shine CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 9, 2017
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "LifeCycle" CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Old Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Old Songs
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 5, 2017
Read "Towards Language" CD/LP/Track Review Towards Language
by John Eyles
Published: June 23, 2017
Read "Unification" CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017

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!