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...

5

Andrew Drury: Content Provider

Dave Wayne By

Sign in to view read count
On the wittily-titled Content Provider, Seattle-born, NYC- based drummer and composer Andrew Drury leads a remarkable band consisting of saxophonists Briggan Krauss (best-known for his work with Sex Mob) and Ingrid Laubrock, and gonzo electric guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Despite lacking a bassist (Seabrook provides some bass- line like figures here and there) it's a small band with a very big sound.

A student of the late Ed Blackwell, Drury is best known for his work as a free improvisor, though his resumé includes collaborations with a wide range of forward-thinking artists, most notably Jason Kao Hwang, Nate Wooley, and Bruce Eisenbeil. Those familiar with Drury's work thus far may well be surprised at the quality and depth of the drummer's delightful compositions and arrangements on Content Provider. The gloriously eclectic "Keep the Fool" juxtaposes an Eastern European-inspired melody with a swaggering hard- bop bridge before veering off into a breakneck-paced free improvised section. "El Sol" addresses Latin rhythms in a distinctive way. Seabrook sits this one out. Drury's drums set up the Morse Code-like theme, and the rest is all about Krauss and Laubrock. They are an interesting pair whose similarities are as interesting as their obvious differences.

The title track, a lengthy, multi-sectioned piece, opens with goofy fanfare that vaguely resembles Richard Strauss' Thus Spake Zarathustra. A brief exploration of long tones ensues as Seabrook drops out. After the theme is revisited, Seabrook grabs the spotlight with his customary ferocity, as the rest of the quartet eases into the action. The piece progresses episodically, juxtaposing composed passages with duo, trio, and full-on quartet improvisations of varying length and density. The highlight of the album, however, may well be their rendition of Clifford Brown's "Daahoud." Taken at about half tempo, with Krauss' vibrato-rich alto out in front, the quartet unearths a wealth of bluesy grit in the breezy bebop classic.

The album's final track, "The Band is a Drum Set" is a nakedly aggressive heavy rock manifesto with Seabrook's guitar conjuring Tony Iommi and Richie Blackmore moreso than Sonny Sharrock or Eugene Chadbourne. It's another example of Drury's (and Seabrook's) wicked sense of humor, and his band's versatility. Drury's splashy drumming is a highlight throughout Content Provider, though it's the combination of intricate ensemble work and and all-out, balls-to-the-wall free improvisation that captured and held my interest.

Track Listing: Keep the Fool; El Sol; Content Provider; Ancestors Friends Heroes; The Commune of Brooklyn; Daahoud; The Band is a Drum Set.

Personnel: Andrew Drury: drum set, composer; Briggan Krauss: alto saxophone; Ingrid Laubrock: tenor saxophone; Brandon Seabrook: guitar.

Title: Content Provider | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Soup And Sound Recordings

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Making Other Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Making Other Arrangements
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Charlie & Paul CD/LP/Track Review
Charlie & Paul
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Sunlight CD/LP/Track Review
Sunlight
by Jeff Winbush
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Arise! CD/LP/Track Review
Arise!
by Chris May
Published: April 24, 2018
Read "Prophecy Of Nue" CD/LP/Track Review Prophecy Of Nue
by John Sharpe
Published: December 23, 2017
Read "One Minute Later" CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "Early to Late" CD/LP/Track Review Early to Late
by John Eyles
Published: March 29, 2018
Read "The Deep" CD/LP/Track Review The Deep
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" CD/LP/Track Review The Spirit Of Piteşti
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 17, 2017
Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" CD/LP/Track Review Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 1, 2017