Drummer Jeff Williams' affiliation with New York City's fabled loft scene, amid stints with saxophonist Dave Liebman's revered 1970s band Lookout Farm, is but one highlight of a sprawling career positioned in numerous jazz-based platforms. On this quartet date, featuring an impressive supporting lineup, Williams draws a paradox of sorts via subtle complexities often filtered through modern mainstream and off-kilter thematic ventures. His crafty use of space decrees a purer concentration on soloing activities; unhurried, but deterministic, the artist's uncanny sense of time steers a path through rolling hills, abrupt detours and climax-oriented parts, consisting of bop and odd-metered cadences.
Williams is a masterful artist who dances, propels, and tap dances across the kit, while dropping a few polyrhythmic bombs along the way. His deft brushwork on the undulating and relatively temperate "Purple, Blue and Red" generates fluid support, the band sporting a classic Miles Davis quartet tone without becoming pigeonholed in convention.
With trumpeter Duane Eubanks' bronzy phrasings and bluesy modulations, the music signals an after-hours aura. Yet, the moving parts intimate a throttling framework, founded on subtle bop lines and a curvy soundscape. It's a re-energizing process that remains consistent throughout the program. But there isn't much in the way of catchy harmonies on Another Time
Track Listing: Search Me; She Can't Be A Spy; Double Life; Purple, Blue And Red; Fez; Under The Radar; Go Where You're Watching; Another Time.
Personnel: Jeff Williams: drums; Duane Eubanks: trumpet; John O'Gallagher: alto saxophone; John Hébert: bass.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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