All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

157

Dave Burrell and Billy Martin: Consequences

Rex  Butters By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Dave Burrell and Billy Martin: Consequences Consequences teams pianist Dave Burrell with percussionist Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood, making this a collaboration between two avant gardists separated by a generation or two. Though Burrell recorded with the likes of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and Marion Brown while Martin attended high school, any doubts about their compatibility disappear when the two artists face off on this performance, recorded live in Philadelphia. Their unique four-handed journey leads them up, over, beyond and back, locked in a deep-listening embrace that kindles sparks and flares.

Burrell deftly skates over the keys, creating right-handed pirouettes, while Martin keeps things grounded on Monsoon. With delicate cymbal and gong work shining up Burrell's repeated phrases, "New Species feels vaguely Balinese. On "Moonbows Burrell works an almost martial bass while Martin keep busy with brushes. A dreamy interlude with Burrell tickling the treble keys dissolves by the coda into an all-out assault that gracefully fades.

With his foot firmly on the forte pedal, Burrell lets the piano ring on the appropriately titled Suspension. Martin patters solo for the first couple minutes, until the pianist finds the rhythm in the bass keys. After running their course, the two explode into inspired experimentation. Burrell and Martin work rhythmically off-kilter to create the spiky closer, "Kuliana.

For these two master improvisers, nothing seems to be impossible, and that's just the border-less territory they seek to map.


Track Listing: Monsoon; New Species; Moonbows; Suspension; Kuliana.

Personnel: Dave Burrell: piano; Billy Martin: drums, percussion

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Amulet | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
Read more articles
Turning Point
Turning Point
NoBusiness Records
2015
buy
Turning Point
Turning Point
NoBusiness Records
2014
buy
Margy Pargy
Margy Pargy

2006
buy
Momentum
Momentum
High Two Recordings
2006
buy
Consequences
Consequences
Amulet
2006
buy
Expansion
Expansion
High Two Recordings
2005
buy
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy
reeds
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Sun Ra Sun Ra
keyboard
Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor
piano
William Parker William Parker
bass, acoustic
Andrew Hill Andrew Hill
piano

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.