134

Steve Raegele: Last Century

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Steve Raegele: Last Century Guitarist Steve Raegele brings a multifaceted presence to his debut, Last Century. Raegele, who is based in Montreal, Canada, was the lead guitarist of the psychedelic rock band The Besnard Lakes, and a member of drummer Thom Gossage's Other Voices. He was at home in the radically different approach of the two bands, an assured player who found his muse, no matter what the idiom. He now shows just how exploratory and sensitive he can be to differing norms of sound, composition and free play.

Raegele shuffles moods with the air of a conjurer. He parlays instant improvisation with Gossage and bassist Miles Perkin, interlocking ideas and developing themes with an innate synergy. Time and pulse are at his finger tips.

Gossage, who is a premier figure in improvisatory music, opens a sonic trail on "Last Century," an ode to the assemblage of sounds that are compact in their logic and attention to detail. The canvas is daubed gradually, the patterns cast deep until the guitar opens the harmonic palette and the bass dips into arco. The tension nevertheless continues to be taut to the end, until the trio loosens up and jumps into a playful " Δ (Sisyphus)." The triangle denotes the perspectives of the trio coming together.

"The Opposite" is a classic example of how the band builds trajectory using melody and improvisation, while changing pulse and tempo. Reagele and Perkin engage in conversation with space breathing openly, as the notes of the guitar chime against the plucking of the bass. And then comes the explosion, clothed in intensity as the trio runs up a melodic swath of swirling hue. But the path to invention is not defined, and the crescendo is stilled as Raegele calms the tide and lets a crystal evoking of the theme carry the tune out.

This music fascinates and thrills in its many manifestations and underlines the presence of an undoubted talent.


Track Listing: Last Century; Δ (Sisyphus); Janet Jackson; Stop Short; Δ (Daedalus); The Opposite; Δ (Hercules); Verdun; Fight Club the Rabbit; Pareidolia; Δ (Bacchus).

Personnel: Steve Raegele: electric guitar; Miles Perkin: acoustic bass; Thom Gossage: drums, kalimba.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Songlines Recordings | Style: Fringes of Jazz


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix
guitar, electric
Bill Frisell Bill Frisell
guitar
Jim Hall Jim Hall
guitar
Wayne Krantz Wayne Krantz
guitar
Jeff Beck Jeff Beck
guitar
Gary Burton Gary Burton
vibraphone
Fred Hersch Fred Hersch
piano
Ben Monder Ben Monder
guitar
Marc Copland Marc Copland
piano
Sonny Sharrock Sonny Sharrock
guitar, electric
Theo Bleckmann Theo Bleckmann
vocalist

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Sedimental You" CD/LP/Track Review Sedimental You
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Lionsong" CD/LP/Track Review Lionsong
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 21, 2016
Read "Kodama Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Kodama Trio
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 31, 2016
Read "Argonautica" CD/LP/Track Review Argonautica
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 8, 2016
Read "So Far So Close" CD/LP/Track Review So Far So Close
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "Playgrounds" CD/LP/Track Review Playgrounds
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 10, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET 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!

Buy it!