7

L.A. Jenkins / Hasan Abdur-Razzaq / Adam Smith: Intrusion

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
L.A. Jenkins / Hasan Abdur-Razzaq / Adam Smith: Intrusion This outwardly simple and uncomplicated trio recording by L.A. Jenkins matches three improvisers with almost identical musical visions. The guitarist collaborates with saxophonist Hasan Abdur-Razzaq and drummer Adam Smith. Both partners are versed in the exploratory music of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Pharoah Sanders. And both are members of The Wizards, a quartet that mines the cosmic and free jazz landscapes of the 1960s and 70s.

Jenkins, a student of Ornette Coleman's harmolodics, has developed a sound that is part Bern Nix and part Bill Frisell, but is also crafted and original. His explorations begin with freely improvised sound that coagulates into imperturbable sonic structures that are informed by patient and stoical music leanings. His previous release was Clarity of the Peculiar (Edgetone, 2012).

Intrusion carefully wraps its free jazz in a blanket of gentle sound. Jenkins prefers to mask his improvisations with a cover of ambient sound. Explosions are eschewed as the trio blows waves of saxophone & bass clarinet over cymbals. Jenkins' sound is delivered much like Bill Frisell's guitar when he was the choice of drummer Paul Motian in the 1980s. Each piece here tip-toes into consciousness. Even the extroverted Ayler-sound of Abdur- Razzaq's saxophone on "Second Light" toes the line of this session. Things never get noisy, even when the music opens up on "Cohesion @ The Parallel Universe" and "Final Flight." The latter piece finds Abdur-Razzaq taking up the cello to balance Jenkins' probing gestures and Smith's rumbling guidance. The music here is the equivalent of a polished gem with multi- facets. Quite the discovery.

Track Listing: Intrusion; Constellation; Second Light; Invocation; Cohesion @ The Parallel Universe; Cascading Singularities; Matrix Of Investigation; Syncopated March Through Neb’uland; Linear Perceptions; Final Flight.

Personnel: Hasan Abdur-Razzaq: reeds, cello, percussion; L.A. Jenkins: guitar; Adam Smith: drums, percussion, synthesizer.

Title: Intrusion | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced


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 "Bright Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Moments
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Sounding Tears" CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Xabregas 10" CD/LP/Track Review Xabregas 10
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "Laughing At Life" CD/LP/Track Review Laughing At Life
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 27, 2017
Read "Radio Luboyna" CD/LP/Track Review Radio Luboyna
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 2, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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