All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review


Greg Sinibaldi / Jesse Canterbury: Ascendant

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
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.

Title: Ascendant | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Prefecture


comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Peaks of Light CD/LP/Track Review
Peaks of Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 18, 2018
Read In Denmark I Was Born CD/LP/Track Review
In Denmark I Was Born
by Gareth Thompson
Published: March 18, 2018
Read Dreams of Belonging CD/LP/Track Review
Dreams of Belonging
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 18, 2018
Read In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983 CD/LP/Track Review
In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 18, 2018
Read A Year Ago Today CD/LP/Track Review
A Year Ago Today
by Doug Collette
Published: March 18, 2018
Read Ravensburg CD/LP/Track Review
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: March 17, 2018
Read "Possessed" CD/LP/Track Review Possessed
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 2, 2017
Read "3Divas" CD/LP/Track Review 3Divas
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 1, 2017
Read "First Gathering" CD/LP/Track Review First Gathering
by John Sharpe
Published: April 4, 2017
Read "Spirits" CD/LP/Track Review Spirits
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "Surface of Inscription" CD/LP/Track Review Surface of Inscription
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 21, 2017
Read "ON Tour" CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017