226

The Kevin Norton Ensemble and Anthony Braxton (Barking Hoop: For Guy Debord (in nine events)

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
The Kevin Norton Ensemble and Anthony Braxton (Barking Hoop: For Guy Debord (in nine events) Drummer/percussionist and highly regarded composer, Kevin Norton exhibits his writing and arranging expertise on this intriguing release inspired by filmmaker and writer Guy Debord. With this effort, Norton garners some extra special support from longtime musical associate Anthony Braxton, as For Guy Debord (in nine events) comprises one extended piece, segmented into intersecting movements.

Norton and Braxton commence this composition with a flirtatious vibes and alto duet, whereas woodwind specialists Bob DeBellis and David Bindman, alter the tone and direction whether performing on flutes or saxophones as the musicians skillfully engage in deft expressionism and mutable conversation.

Throughout, the band pursues circular themes and Afro-Cuban rhythms as the soloists up the ante with heated exchanges via yearning cries and propulsive motifs, yet it’s not all about lengthy soloing and bravado as Norton injects disparate elements into this thoughtful and artfully conceived opus.

Other highlights include, bassist Joe Fonda’s semi-austere arco lines and classical undercurrents in conjunction with the soloist’s contrasting dialogue as Norton’s concepts and implementations provide the listener with a solid base for his or hers psyche to run rampant. And other than the artist’s stature as a first call session musician, he has rapidly become one of the finest composers/improvisers on the modern jazz scene! Highly recommended!

Barking Hoop (recordings) Kevin Norton website


Track Listing: For Guy Debord (in nine events)

Personnel: Kevin Norton; drums/percussion: Anthony Braxton; alto, sopranino saxes and contrabass clarinet: David Bindman - tenor and flute (and conga drum): Bob DeBellis -flute and alto sax: Joe Fonda; bass

Title: For Guy Debord (in nine events) | Year Released: 2001


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Thick as Thieves CD/LP/Track Review Thick as Thieves
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Dream Within A Dream CD/LP/Track Review Dream Within A Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Live At The High Noon CD/LP/Track Review Live At The High Noon
by Doug Collette
Published: June 22, 2017
Read As It Should Be: Ballads 2 CD/LP/Track Review As It Should Be: Ballads 2
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 21, 2017
Read Karoujite CD/LP/Track Review Karoujite
by John Eyles
Published: June 21, 2017
Read "April" CD/LP/Track Review April
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Black Diamond" CD/LP/Track Review Black Diamond
by Joe Gatto
Published: March 7, 2017
Read "Roots Of Unity" CD/LP/Track Review Roots Of Unity
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Trinity One" CD/LP/Track Review Trinity One
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 31, 2017
Read "Inerrant Space" CD/LP/Track Review Inerrant Space
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 17, 2016
Read "Metal Na Madeira" CD/LP/Track Review Metal Na Madeira
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 6, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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