All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

189

Lesli Dalaba / Fred Frith / Eric Glick Rieman / Carla Kihlstedt: DalabaFrithGlickRiemanKihlstedt

Frank Rubolino By

Sign in to view read count
Guitarist Fred Frith lists maniacal laughter as another instrument on the collaborative session with trumpeter Lesli Dalaba, pianist Eric Glick Rieman, and violinist Carla Kihlstedt. Indeed, a sense of animated gaiety countered with sadness protrudes from many angles. The strings, horn, and keys all promote references to uncontained frolicking, remorsefulness, and many other emotions of the heart and mind. The quartet represents a tight collective responding to the wide-ranging feelings promoted by each member, ranging from stark depression to overt jubilation. References to the otherworldly also play an important role in this eclectic mirage.

Echo effects, reverberant retorts, and remote tonality filter through Dalaba’s trumpet calls. She produces short, succinct lines of crispness, drawing the music into dark nether regions. Her mystic process seduces the band to join her. Glick Rieman works circumspectly to emote long, wispy sound currents of wind, and Kihlstedt makes her violin shriek with piercing jabs of unpredictability. Frith, in turn, takes an inspired journey into this strange world of atonal sound. He uses staccato punches to penetrate deeply into the bowels of the excitement while bonding with the far cries and whispers oozing from the association. Overt disruptions emerge at unexpected times from all musicians, only to be calmed by gentle breezes of sensitivity.

”Worm Anvils,” one of three extended jaunts taken by the band, distinguishes itself with its longer, flowing lines. The piece has hypnotic qualities, spinning ’round and ’round in dervish fashion to draw one deeper and deeper into the eddies of the unknown. “Lucy Has a New Pet Kitty” fills the air with purring trumpet whimpers from Dalaba, while Frith and Kihlstedt surround the playfulness with aggressive attacks on the strings. The music continually spirals into a vortex of eerie sensations. Glick Rieman makes his piano speak in strange electronic tongues. His approach often emulates spatial traveling into far-off galaxies.

The quartet submerges into dreamland on the lengthy closing number, only to abruptly awaken in a sonic maelstrom. Rivers rush in rapid search for the sea as the quartet opens its floodgates to allow these waters to seek new levels of emotion. A sense of connectivity dominates. The recording is synergistic – independent musicians reacting spontaneously to the stimuli at hand. It results in music with serrated edges, certain to challenge seekers of life’s more mysterious elements.

Visit www.accretions.com .


Track Listing: How Light, a Potato Chip (2:17) / The Distance That Separates Dreams (2:44) / Spicule Maneuver (4:07) / Worm Anvils (12:59) / Shallow Weather (11:57) / Lucy Has a New Pet Kitty (5:17) / Ant Farm Morning (16:02).

Personnel: Lesli Dalaba-trumpet; Fred Frith-guitar, maniacal laughter; Eric Glick Rieman-prepared and extended Rhodes electric piano; Carla Kihlstedt-violin, electric violin, Stroh violin. Recorded: (no date given), Oakland, CA.

Title: DalabaFrithGlickRiemanKihlstedt | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Accretions

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read 1538 CD/LP/Track Review
1538
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 19, 2018
Read Love Wins CD/LP/Track Review
Love Wins
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 19, 2018
Read 1538 CD/LP/Track Review
1538
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 19, 2018
Read Mutt Slang CD/LP/Track Review
Mutt Slang
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 19, 2018
Read Prisma CD/LP/Track Review
Prisma
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 19, 2018
Read Jazz Tango CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz Tango
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2018
Read "Rediscovered Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 4, 2017
Read "Solano Canyon" CD/LP/Track Review Solano Canyon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 23, 2018
Read "Entremundos" CD/LP/Track Review Entremundos
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 29, 2017
Read "Secret Passages" CD/LP/Track Review Secret Passages
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "Little Giant Still Life" CD/LP/Track Review Little Giant Still Life
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 15, 2017
Read "Inminente" CD/LP/Track Review Inminente
by Matt Hooke
Published: March 26, 2018