Home » Jazz Articles » Play This! » Dave Meder: Modern Gothic

12

Dave Meder: Modern Gothic

By

Sign in to view read count
Hymn tunes are having a bit of a moment with players such as Dave Douglas and James Brandon Lewis calling on these sturdy old melodies for projects that often wander far from their plain, homespun source material. On New American Hymnal (Outside in Music, 2023), pianist Dave Meder goes a step further by making the communal nature of hymn-singing a metaphor for the current state of society in the United States. "Modern Gothic" joyously references the simple triadic harmonies of Protestant hymns while subtly tweaking their foursquare structure. Philip Dizack's trumpet adds a heraldic, annunciatory voice while bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Michael Piolet lead the congregation out of the sanctuary and into a New Orleans street parade. Here's another reference that's hard to miss: the American and European quartets of Keith Jarrett, especially in the unison turnaround figure that unmistakably nods to the bouncing melody of "The Windup," one of Jarrett's signature compositions. Sing hallelujah!



John Chacona Contact John Chacona on All About Jazz.
John Chacona is a freelance journalist, content writer and producer in Cleveland.


Contribute to Play This! Recommend a favorite song, album, or performance and we'll share it with your fellow All About Jazz readers. Submit it here.

Comments


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Tags

More

Jazz article: Tal Wilkenfeld: Cosmic Joke
Jazz article: Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.