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...

4

Ab Baars: And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Mike Doughty of the rock band Soul Coughing wrote the lyric "is Chicago, Is Not Chicago..." to the song of the same name, followed by "a man cuts in half, just like he snaps a pencil..." The same could be said of And She Speaks -A Collection Of Ballads by saxophonist / clarinetist Ab Baars. This solo recording, with each song dedicated to a different composer or musician, is devotional without an obligation to be faithful. Johnny Green's 1930 jazz standard bears little resemblance to the original "Body And Soul." Performed on clarinet, Coleman Hawkins might not recognize it today, yet it is "Body And Soul, and is not "Body And Soul."

Baars, along with his partner Ig Henneman, is a central figure in the Dutch jazz improvisation scene, performing in the ICP Orchestra, also in and with members of The Ex and Sonic Youth, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark, besides leading his own trio and, of course, performing solo. He is sought out by poets and dancers for a very good reason. He is, is not what you believe an improvising musician to be.

These nine covers, not covers pass almost dreamlike through your ears. Duke Ellington's "Solitude," here "Solitude Cadmium Yellow," could be mistaken for the screamed expletives in St. Patrick's Cathedral that poet Ted Joans described when referring to an Albert Ayler solo. Baars prefers the mash-up to mimicry, although he is not without nostalgic affections. Oscar Levant's "Blame It On My Youth" is given the most gentle passage on clarinet with "Blame It On My Youth Cadmium Red, and so is his dedication to John Carter heard on "And She Speaks Purple Amaranth." If anything, Baars displays a loving kindness here that is in short supply these days.

Track Listing: Saji Deep Saffron; Body And Soul Cerulean Blue; And She Speaks Purple Amaranth; Naima Blue Saphir; Solitude Cadmium Yellow; And The Moon Swam Back; Poor Wheel Persian Blue; We’ll Be Together Again Blue Amber; Blame It On My Youth Cadmium Red.

Personnel: Ab Baars: tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi.

Title: And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Wig

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Take Five With...
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

Related Articles

Read Fearless And Kind CD/LP/Track Review
Fearless And Kind
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Any Day Now CD/LP/Track Review
Any Day Now
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Adrift CD/LP/Track Review
Adrift
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Folkjazz from Finland CD/LP/Track Review
Folkjazz from Finland
by Anthony Shaw
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Circulate Susanna CD/LP/Track Review
Circulate Susanna
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 13, 2018
Read "D'Agala" CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by John Sharpe
Published: January 28, 2018
Read "Coast to Crossroads" CD/LP/Track Review Coast to Crossroads
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 13, 2018
Read "My One And Only Love: Live at Theater Gütersloh" CD/LP/Track Review My One And Only Love: Live at Theater Gütersloh
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 11, 2018
Read "J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 - 1984" CD/LP/Track Review J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 - 1984
by Chris May
Published: March 15, 2018
Read "Ay  Que Boogaloo!" CD/LP/Track Review Ay Que Boogaloo!
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 12, 2018
Read "Liver" CD/LP/Track Review Liver
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 15, 2018