278

Tchicai/Fewell/Tracanna/Dalla Porta/Manzi: Big Chief Dreaming

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Tchicai/Fewell/Tracanna/Dalla Porta/Manzi: Big Chief Dreaming In an interesting note in the liner booklet for Big Chief Dreaming, guitarist Garrison Fewell says that the band dwelt on the role that inspiration and exploration played in shaping artistic vision. That question is answered in the path they took, or to put it more accurately, the paths. Explorations of the written note and improvisations are shaped in duo and trio outings. The main point underscored by the music, however, is that both situations evolve into pithy artistic statements.

Inspiration is forged on the empathy of the musicians, and all five pick up that invisible emotional thread and weave it into appealing patterns. They do so with a quiet demeanour, a tonal delectability that gently inveigles the senses. They shape that sphere right from the opener, an improvisatory tale called "Instant Intuition," with Fewell on guitar and Tino Tracanna on the soprano sax conversing in pellucid tones. Different tangents gel into a whole on the title tune, a trio outing with Tchicai, Fewell, and Massimo Manzi. Tchicai opens the path, Fewell follows in close cleave, while Manzi fills the pulse with his accents. And in that interplay, which evolves from the chase and pause, comes the character of the improvisation.

An incipient allure resides in the soul of "Simplicity." The melody is defined by the saxophonists, whose shifting accents then cut deep grooves or flit on breathy tones—Dalla Porta takes the motif into a softly changing prism, and Fewell illumines with his floating lines. The quintet comes out swinging on "Yogi in Disguise," but that is soon tempered as Fewell takes his guitar into a pastoral plain that get backs into the swing of things as Tchicai and Tracanna return.


Track Listing: Instant Intuition; Prayer for Right Guidance; Big Chief Dreaming; Simplicity; The Queen of Ra; Thrift Shopping + Extension; Basetto; X-Ray Vision; Grappa to Go; Splinters No. 1; Haengende Skaerm; Yogi in Disguise.

Personnel: John Tchicai: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Garrison Fewell: guitar; Tino Tracanna: soprano and tenor saxophone; Paolino Della Porta: bass; Massimo Manzi: drums.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Soul Note | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Meditations on Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Meditations on Freedom
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 11, 2017
Read "Subterranea" CD/LP/Track Review Subterranea
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "A Result of the Colors" CD/LP/Track Review A Result of the Colors
by Tyran Grillo
Published: June 8, 2016
Read "Bambulaye" CD/LP/Track Review Bambulaye
by James Nadal
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "Fake It Until You Make It" CD/LP/Track Review Fake It Until You Make It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 17, 2016
Read "A Cut Through The Heart" CD/LP/Track Review A Cut Through The Heart
by Jack Gold-Molina
Published: March 30, 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!