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Bruno Råberg’s third album as leader is firmly concerned with form. The bassist has played in bands of different stylistic pursuits, like Orange Then Blue, which threw everything from free form to mainstream jazz into the stewing pot; and with Eje Thelin, whose band swiped the caboodle from dixieland to free jazz. Here Råberg is contained. He prefers structure to intuitive freedom. While he does not completely tighten the leash, this would have been a more interesting recording had the musicians been given more room. From the latitude granted them, they prove their mettle in creatively extending logic.
Råberg sets up many moods on this recording using motifs from Carnatic (South Indian) music and a smidgen of African rhythm. Not all of the tunes succeed in communicatingbut when they do, it is a credit not only to the composition, but also to the links the players forge between themselves. Grenadier sets up the theme for “Estaron,” a stop-shift movement that jabs at a perky edge and then unfolds a series of changes opening an uneven field that is fertile ground for Chase on the alto, his a quieter, lyrical voice. “Caffe Nero” has a light swinging feel, Grenadier and Chase breaking up the rhythm in unity, and then clasping the linear devolution. Another perky outing comes on “Maya.” Råberg is wonderfully inventive here, his lines creating a becoming timbral palette. “Triptych” resonates in the soft splashes of color, impressionism that oozes in the seamless unravelling of the form.
Track Listing: Maya; African Daybreak; Through the Window of Compassion; Stilts; Ascensio; Estaron; Triptych;
Easter Song; Caffe Nero; Angle of Repose
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.