All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Tom Rainey Trio: Camino Cielo Echo

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
For its second outing, drummer Tom Rainey's trio establishes itself as a commanding representative of the latest direction in pioneering jazz. By creating (more like co-creating) music with two of today's in-demand players—guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock—Rainey continues his streak of outings with vanguard players.

The drummer has been heard in cutting-edge bands since the 1990s, led by such esteemed avant-garde players as saxophonists Tim Berne and Tony Malaby, guitarists Nels Cline and David Torn, and bassist Mark Helias. But he is also heard in more traditional settings, playing with the likes of pianists Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner.

Camino Cielo Echo follows the trio's debut Pool School (Clean Feed, 2010). What felt like a one-off assembly the first time around, gels here into a solid working ensemble.

The session sprouts in various directions, from the noisy thrashing of punk jazz to the almost ambient explorations of minimalism. Rainey spreads the composing duties between the three, but they seem to write with the same voice in mind.

If sequencing an album is of any import these days, this disc begins with a statement of purpose. "Expectation Of Exception" picks up momentum, with Rainey applying loose- limb drips and drops of drumming while Laubrock and Halvorson exercise their signature sounds. The guitarist winds through varying pitches and runs that are applied against the saxophonist's breathy extended technique. Halvorson can morph her guitar into a sci-fi synthesizer or effortlessly toss off some Derek Bailey scrambled eggs.

Not in the mood for chary music making? The trio tears down the walls on "Mullet Toss," "Two Worlds," and "Fluster"—a thumping kick-drum exercise in shredded guitar and hoots and hollering saxophone. Where the freedom allowed here by Rainey ramps up the energy, it also settles into some very satisfying meditative tracks. The trio's simpatico nature eschews hostility for harmony, creating a new path to group interaction.

Track Listing: Expectation Of Exception; Mullet Toss; Mr And Mrs Mundane; Corporal Fusion; Arroyo Burrow; Strada Senza Nome; A Third Line Into Little Miss Strange; Leapfrog; Camino Cielo Echo; Fluster; Mental Stencil; Two Words; June.

Personnel: Tom Rainey: drums; Ingrid Laubrock: saxophones; Mary Halvorson: guitar.

Title: Camino Cielo Echo | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Intakt Records


comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Float Upstream

Float Upstream

Intakt Records

Hotel Grief

Hotel Grief

Intakt Records



Intakt Records

Camino Cielo Echo

Camino Cielo Echo

Intakt Records

Pool School

Pool School

Clean Feed Records


Related Articles

Read This City CD/LP/Track Review
This City
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 24, 2018
Read More Songs About Error And Shame CD/LP/Track Review
More Songs About Error And Shame
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2018
Read West Coast Trio CD/LP/Track Review
West Coast Trio
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: March 24, 2018
Read Sun Embassy CD/LP/Track Review
Sun Embassy
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 24, 2018
Read The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel – Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9 CD/LP/Track Review
The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel –...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 24, 2018
Read Lala Belu CD/LP/Track Review
Lala Belu
by Chris May
Published: March 23, 2018
Read "Beginnings" CD/LP/Track Review Beginnings
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "Signaling" CD/LP/Track Review Signaling
by Troy Dostert
Published: May 11, 2017
Read "Vision Songs Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Vision Songs Vol. 1
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 8, 2018
Read "Asteroidea" CD/LP/Track Review Asteroidea
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 9, 2017
Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Magic Triangle
by John Sharpe
Published: January 13, 2018
Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" CD/LP/Track Review Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 10, 2017