It can be a bit risky when a drummer leads an improvised jazz group, often relating to the approach to the music and a lack of harmony. But this CD is a pleasant surprise, seeing how the group features the excellent Ed and George Schuller, both sons of iconoclastic composer/critic/analyst/author Gunther Schuller.
Nothing less should be expected from this quintet, which also features Tim Berne on alto, moving the music along at an entertaining pace. The fact that this disc was recorded live helps keep the music accessible, balancing the energy so it doesn’t fluctuate.
The second and third numbers, "Thaw" and "Ripe," provide an intricate framework with significant flexibility for individual expression. Overall, this disc has much to offer the fan of modern jazz and creative improvisation.
Track Listing: Pumpkins; The Thaw; Ripe; Distant Cousin; Slightly Round; Band Vote.
Personnel: Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Tony Malaby: tenor saxophone; Ed Schuller: bass; George Schuller: drums.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.