Saxophonist Tim O’Dell’s Before My Life takes the listener on an odyssey through most of the jazz styles of the past 40 years. An exploratory album, Tim O’Dell still finds an easy cohesion despite juxtaposing so many raw elements.
From the opening "Id," (an oblation to Filles De Kilimanjaro era Miles Davis) O’Dell moves into freer territory ultimately ending in a trombone and saxophone duet called simply "Etude". The hypnotic "Free by twelve," however, provides the highlight of the album. This track features Tim O’Dell strolling over an exotic atonal loop laid down by guitarist Steve Grismore. The track builds with the introduction of two drummers and finally with a jagged horn riff that I can only describe as the sound of rush hour. "Free by Twelve" opens up the album and segues to its dénouement, the oddly appropriate two drummer blues of "Jack Slap" which finds Steve Grismore’s guitar sounding eerily like Larry Young’s organ.
Before My Life is a pastiche of the most influential jazz of the last 30 years. Bill Frisell, Ornette Coleman, the more adventurous Blue Note albums of the sixties and 60s Miles Davis all inform Tim O’Dell’s creations. This is the sound of searching for an original voice and expanding American art.
Track Listing: 1.ID (O'Dell) - 6:29 2.Before My Life (O'Dell) - 6:41 3.Fire Ants (O'Dell) - 7:09 4.We Will Be There (O'Dell) - 2:55 5.Free by Twelve (O'Dell) - 6:53 6.Aoki (O'Dell) - 10:01 7.Angel and the Boys (O'Dell) - 3:27 8.Ship's Wake (O'Dell) - 5:45 9.Etude (O'Dell) - 3:33 10. Jackslap (O'Dell) - 5:39
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.