3

Marc Riordan/Tim Daisy: Joyride

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Marc Riordan/Tim Daisy: Joyride Critics often speak of the chemistry between two musicians. Why? Because, it is so very easy to toss out this abstract, non-quantifiable concept. Those who agree, nod. Those who differ, well they have nothing on which to challenge your statement. But here I go, Tim Daisy and Marc Riordan showcase a stellar musical affinity on their duo release Joyride.

Chemistry is a key ingredient, no it is the most important piece of the puzzle when artists create an improvised recording. It has to be. If Daisy weren't listening and responding to Riordan, and vice versa, these seven tracks wouldn't sustain themselves.

Maybe this duo works because both players are or were, drummers first. Daisy is a member of many Ken Vandermark ensembles and those of James Falzone, Russ Johnson, Aram Shelton. Daisy has, of late, begun expanding beyond his drum kit, composing for marimba, turntables, gongs, chains, clocks, and here, radios and metronomes. Riordan, has leaped from drums to piano. Showing his keyboard talents on Binoculars (2012) and on Daisy's October Music Vol. 1 -7 Compositions For Duet (Relay, 2014).

This seven song, forty-one minute studio recording from January 2016, is a mostly piano/drums affair. It is improvised in a "composerly" manner, meaning the two make beautiful music together. Riordan's left hand forages on the opener "Pay To Play" when Daisy exercises his brushes. Their music making is a friendly game of back-and-forth catch with broad Cecil Taylor-like gestures on "Pray To Play" and much smaller intimate sounds on "Train Quill Writings." The latter piece juxtaposes an almost ECM piano sound against radio static, metronome ticks and Daisy's menu of expressive drumming. The pair charge through "Rolls Of The Roll (for Conlon Nancarrow)" energized with a streaker's birthday suit. Daisy keeps the found objects to a minimum here, which is a pity because they add so much to the mix. "Stay Wakeful," an epic piece, ventures into his toy bin chains and rattles, and finally some radio static. The music only hints at more to come. Let's hope so.

Track Listing: Pay To Play; Stay Wakeful; Pray To Play; Played In Full; Joy Ride; Rules Of The Roll (for Conlon Nancarrow); Train Quill Writings.

Personnel: Marc Riordan: piano; Tim Daisy: drums, radios, metronomes.

Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Relay


Shop

More Articles

Read Ha Noi Duo CD/LP/Track Review Ha Noi Duo
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Like, Strange CD/LP/Track Review Like, Strange
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Coalesce CD/LP/Track Review Coalesce
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Il sistema periodico CD/LP/Track Review Il sistema periodico
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Code Noir CD/LP/Track Review Code Noir
by James Nadal
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Welcome to Swingsville! CD/LP/Track Review Welcome to Swingsville!
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 26, 2017
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 31, 2016
Read "Avant Funk" CD/LP/Track Review Avant Funk
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 26, 2016
Read "Montage" CD/LP/Track Review Montage
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 22, 2016
Read "Star-Spangled Voltage" CD/LP/Track Review Star-Spangled Voltage
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 5, 2016
Read "The Digging" CD/LP/Track Review The Digging
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 31, 2016
Read "Dedication To Sylvia Rexach" CD/LP/Track Review Dedication To Sylvia Rexach
by James Nadal
Published: May 31, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!