91

Aercine: Aercine

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Aercine: Aercine Artful meshing of sound and form is an important factor in making improvisation work. Without a core that draws the players, it doesn't work. If they let invention go off at different angles, the result can at worst be irksome and at best unsatisfying. Aercine offers a mixed bag.

When the pieces fall into place, Aercine is a potent force. The musicality on “Twofold Twice” flies off disparate tendencies voiced by the piano rumblings of Michael Jefry Stevens, who tempers them with lighter lines, the bowed bass of Steve Rust and the sharp trumpet shards of Herb Robertson. But they divine the path intuitively and spin an enticing web. Feldman captivates “Kaaterskill Falls,” a lone voice singing a mellifluous song that draws Rust and then drummer Harvey Sorgen into churning torrents of rhythm. Before it is over, Robertson and Stevens unleash hyper-energetic incursions and complete the spell.

Diverse elements mark their excursion to “The Shokoe Slip.” A fusillade of growls and a welter of scurries inject Robertson’s opening salvo. Stevens an ocean of calm soon ripples undercurrents of urgency, Feldman dances in on a folk air and a touch of klezmer. Where do they go from here? Right into an exploding cornucopia of sound, building tension and keeping it ticking until the last note slams in. For the most part they find common ground as they seek their muse on plateaus of their own invention. There are, however, a couple of occasions when they wander onto a woozy plain. For instance, “Renata” is left to dry across a bleak landscape, and “Aercine” comes across as indolent with neither a meeting of the mind nor of the spirit.

Visit www.drimala.com .

Track Listing: Twofold Twice; The Shokoe Slip; Aercine; As I Was Saying; Renata; Changeling; Kaaterskill Falls; Occam

Personnel: Harvey Sorgen

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Drimala Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read One Minute Later CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800° CD/LP/Track Review JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Ephimeral CD/LP/Track Review Ephimeral
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Fly or Die CD/LP/Track Review Fly or Die
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Ida Y Vuelta" CD/LP/Track Review Ida Y Vuelta
by James Nadal
Published: December 30, 2016
Read "The Other Shore" CD/LP/Track Review The Other Shore
by John Sharpe
Published: September 26, 2016
Read "Taylor Street" CD/LP/Track Review Taylor Street
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Saturday Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Saturday Songs
by Budd Kopman
Published: June 19, 2016
Read "Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions" CD/LP/Track Review Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter...
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 13, 2016
Read "Night Music" CD/LP/Track Review Night Music
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 4, 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!