All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Live Reviews

3

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

Troy Dostert By

Sign in to view read count
Finally, and not to be outdone, the two-drum lineup in Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double anchored one of the festival's most riveting performances, timed perfectly to coincide with the release of the band's self- titled debut album the day before. The group uses an intriguing sextet concept premised on divisions into twos and threes: with duos involving drummers (Fujiwara and Gerald Cleaver), guitarists (Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook) and horn players (Taylor Ho Bynum—cornet; Dave Ballou—trumpet), the group can also be envisioned as two trios, with Fujiwara's longtime colleagues able to assume different configurations within each piece as it unfolds. Dave Ballou replaced Ralph Alessi for this performance, but he fit in nicely with the band's vibe, which is a heady mixture of lyrical ensemble parts with dense layers of sound: the former spearheaded by Ballou and Bynum, the latter provided by the guitars and drums. But that's an oversimplification, as each instrument could at times assume the forefront of the music. Fujiwara's compositions have an organic logic with surprising twists and turns that still make eminent sense, and the music is by turns subtly beautiful and fiercely aggressive. Remarkably, despite each having a dynamic personality behind the kit, Fujiwara and Cleaver mesh seamlessly in their percussive rapport, and the entire band feeds off of the collective energy they create. There could be no better way to end a drummers' festival than with the music this group provided.

With programming that gets stronger with each passing year, it's clear that Edgefest will continue to set a very high standard for improvised music and creative jazz long into the future. Stay tuned for October 2018, when the festival promises to highlight the best of the current Chicago creative music scene.

Photo credit: Frank Rubolino

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles
Orphic Machine

Orphic Machine

Bag Production Records
2015

buy
Go Home

Go Home

BAG Production
2010

buy
Go Home

Go Home

BAG Production
2009

buy

Related Articles

Read Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018
by Francesco Martinelli
Published: July 14, 2018
Read Hot Sugar at Jazz Cafe Montparnasse Live Reviews
Hot Sugar at Jazz Cafe Montparnasse
by Martin McFie
Published: July 14, 2018
Read Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2 Live Reviews
Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018:...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 13, 2018
Read Django Festival in Fontainbleu Live Reviews
Django Festival in Fontainbleu
by Martin McFie
Published: July 13, 2018
Read Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018
by Luke Seabright
Published: July 12, 2018
Read Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen Live Reviews
Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 12, 2018
Read "The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall" Live Reviews The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall
by John Eyles
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "Jocelyn Medina at Jazz at Kitano" Live Reviews Jocelyn Medina at Jazz at Kitano
by Tyran Grillo
Published: April 16, 2018
Read "Abdullah Ibrahim at the Michigan Theater" Live Reviews Abdullah Ibrahim at the Michigan Theater
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 25, 2018
Read "Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront" Live Reviews Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 19, 2017