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In contrast to his work with the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, Charlie Kohlhase seems to work more on the freer side of things on this KONK disc. In the liner notes trumpeter Keith Hedger says that KONK began "in 1993 as a band that could play pieces by its favorite composers, improvise freely, and generally just have fun." There's only one piece here by a favorite composer - Charlie Parker's "Au Privave." The rest are attributed to the quartet and have the flavor of collective improvisations.
That's by no means to say that they are merely chaotic or disorganized. In fact, there's a powerful architectonic to all of this - impressive testimony to the powers of each of these musicians. Hedger is a trumpeter with range and imagination enough to complement Kohlhase's rapid-fire flights of fancy, and he does so with aplomb. Occasionally he deploys a Milesian mute but more often he works all manner of sounds out of his horn, after the fashion of the disc's dedicatee, Lester Bowie.
Polar opposites, one might say, are the two tracks "Mandelbrot" and "Au Privave." The former, presumably named for the man behind fractal geometry, mines one note for an exhilarating wealth of possibilities. "Au Privave" is taken reasonably straight - albeit for a good while with Hedger and Kohlhase spinning out glorious lines simultaneously. So in other words, KONK finds music wherever it lays, and plays it superbly. Recommended.
Keith Hedger, tpt; Curt Newton, d; Nate McBride, b; Charlie Kohlhase, as, ts, bari s.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.