3

Greg Sinibaldi / Jesse Canterbury: Ascendant

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Greg Sinibaldi / Jesse Canterbury: Ascendant Two men, two instruments and the instant multiplication of sound is the order of the day when Greg Sinibaldi and Jesse Canterbury record inside a water cistern in Port Townsend, Washington. The two-million gallon cylindrical concrete tank delivers a 45-second reverberation that requires a purposeful application of notes by imperturbable musicians. Any other approach, and the sound will inundate and overwhelm the affair. The acoustics of the cistern dictate that the direction of the music originates in the ambient realm.

Even if there were no synthesizers or electronics, we still would have ambient musics. Years before Brian Eno and Aphex Twin conjured aural landscapes of sound via tape delays, loops, drones, and synthesizers, acoustic atmospheric music was made in the great cathedrals of Europe and even in the reverberations of caves. As ambient genres have morphed and split into sub-genres of glitch, dub, space, and minimalism, the original acoustic versions are somehow more compelling.

Sinibaldi, a saxophonist who plays in a wide spectrum of Seattle's music scenes from free jazz to metal and Canterbury, a clarinetist with ties to avant-jazz and chamber music, both play bass clarinets here with Sinibaldi doubling on tenor saxophone and Canterbury on clarinet. The pair must be careful with noise. The opener "Wade" is awash with notes and the reverberation and disintegration of sound. The half-life of each note's resonance is a meditation on their music-making. "Second Thought" finds clarinet fluttering around the deep tenor notes and the noisiness of "Two or Three Back and Around" deals with the harshness of the cistern's aural environment.

The recording pares down the sound with solo pieces from each player. Sinibaldi covers Thelonious Monk's "Ugly Beauty" played as haunting dream, his tenor's notes returning to him like an echoing organ recital. When reunited, the pair produce "Not Forever, Just for Now," a near perfect interlacing of voices that mimic a choral work.

The recording is available as a limited edition vinyl LP or digital download.


Track Listing: Greg Sinibaldi: bass clarinet, tenor saxophone; Jesse Canterbury: bass clarinet, clarinet.

Personnel: Wade; Second Thoughts; Two or Three Back, and Around Beside Ourselves; Ugly Beauty; If You Look Too Close; Not Forever, Just for Now; Web of Lies; Hold This; Dreaming in Two Million.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Prefecture


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Chronicles" CD/LP/Track Review Chronicles
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Narrante" CD/LP/Track Review Narrante
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 7, 2016
Read "Billows Of Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "For The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review For The Unknown
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 19, 2016
Read "The Groove Lab" CD/LP/Track Review The Groove Lab
by Alex Franquelli
Published: March 8, 2016
Read "Blues Revival" CD/LP/Track Review Blues Revival
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 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!

Buy it!