It's been more than twenty years since the world lost saxophonist Thomas Chapin. If you were to conduct a search like Tibetan Buddhists looking for the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the signs and symbols you would sift through are of course recordings. All Those Yesterdays may be all the proof one needs to adjudge Omri Ziegele the incarnation of Thomas Chapin. His music has the same joy and zestfulness, and it has been hiding in plain sight for a few decades now. Dozens of releases by his ensembles, Where's Africa, Noisy Minority, Billiger Bauer, The Workers, and (the unfortunately named) Corona Trio were the signs and symbols. All Those Yesterdays is the confirmation.
Recorded live after a 13-day tour, Ziegele's trio with New Dutch icon, drummer Han Bennink and fellow Swiss bassist Christian Weber apply the blaze and blast of three confident and musically muscular artists. Ziegele packs this date with deft change-ups of momentum "Line For A Friend Of Mine," quasi-ballads "All Those Yesterdays," and platforms for elated soloing by all the musicians. His partners are perfect co-conspirators in this action, able to effortlessly change direction and mood. Most are familiar with Bennink's musical escapades and his innate ability to swing. Same can be said of Weber's bass here. The signature composition is "O. My God" dedicated to Ornette Coleman and it includes Ziegele's recitation of the Yeats poem "The Lake Isle Of Innisfree." The composition starts off with a plucky off-kilter rhythm and proceeds towards a talky-squawk saxophone solo followed by Bennink's drum battle with Weber's bass opening into Ziegele's recitation. The final line spoken, "I hear it in the deep heart's core" might have been a better title for this release, for this music comes from and it goes straight to the heart.
Line For A Friend Of Mine; O. My God; All Those Yesterdays; Donders Wonders; Saw That Smile; When The Rivers