Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

190

Ivo Perelman Trio: Black on White

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
By Ken Waxman

Ivo Perelman's nine harsh, uncompromising improvisations starkly reduce the playing field to black and white. The tenor saxophonist is seconded on Black and White by a team that was Cecil Taylor's rhythm section at the time, although New York-based bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jackson Krall have also worked with nearly every committed improviser from multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee to bassist William Parker. Perelman's trio concentrates on nine sound paintings, with the first three around or exceeding the ten-minute mark. Braying and yapping, Perelman's tenor could be the auditory definition of abstract expressionism as he zigzags through the themes like a drip painter.

On the first and longest piece, which is also the title track, his squeals and doits make common cause with the bowed portamento from Duval. Double and triple tonguing, Perelman treats his composition like an artist's preliminary pencil sketches, drafting one idea after another onto the canvas and working variations on each. As Krall bangs away in the background, the thickness of the saxophonist's lines then skitter into the equivalent of narrow brush strokes: choked, unaccompanied altissimo.

Perelman's molten reed interface can be as in-your-face as Ayler's was, as he demonstrates on "Cumplicidade." Proceeding on raw energy, he uses lower-pitched tongue slaps and cries to construct a new melody that matches shaking chirps at one end and basso honks at the other. Meanwhile Duval produces guitar-like chromatic runs that interrupt Perelman's irregularly pitched and repetitive chirrups. Elsewhere, in between the saxophonist's frequent, yet unexpected detours into overblown altissimo, Duval gets to showcase his dense, steady finger plucks and bowing.

Rigorous and obdurate, Black on White can be acknowledged more than appreciated for its unrelieved harshness, which makes it seem lengthier than its 66 minutes.


Track Listing: Black on White; Naked Seeds; Cumplicidade; Cores; Transparencia; Brilhante; Areia; Olhos; Sementes Nuas.

Personnel: Ivo Perelman: tenor saxophone; Dominic Duval: bass; Jackson Krall: drums.

Title: Black on White | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Vertical CD/LP/Track Review Vertical
by Don Phipps
Published: January 16, 2018
Read In Stride CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Solid Gold CD/LP/Track Review Solid Gold
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 15, 2018
Read Ts'iibil Chaaltun CD/LP/Track Review Ts'iibil Chaaltun
by Don Phipps
Published: January 15, 2018
Read "Double Mirror" CD/LP/Track Review Double Mirror
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "The Apple Of No" CD/LP/Track Review The Apple Of No
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "Lattice" CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "Submerged" CD/LP/Track Review Submerged
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 9, 2017
Read "Introducing...Rubén González" CD/LP/Track Review Introducing...Rubén González
by James Nadal
Published: June 16, 2017
Read "Easy Living" CD/LP/Track Review Easy Living
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 10, 2017