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What do you recommend for that always-searching jazz fan who has heard everything? Maybe a CD by Hasidic New Wave (how's that for a category?) saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Greg Wall.
The story of Ezekiel inspired Wall's latest offering, Later Prophets : Ezekiel ..."whose prophecy resurrecting dry bones after the destruction of the temple contains a great message of hope."
Not to worry, though, if you aren't familiar with the traditional music used to chant the biblical prophecies that Wall draws upon. The sound on Later Profits leans heavily on modern jazz, with the opener, "The Bone Drew Near" coming to life with an Albert Ayler-ish saxophone cry backed by some Fender Rhodes dissonance before it evolves into a piece of stirring contemplation.
This trio'Wall on sax and clarinet, Shai Bacher on keyboards, and Aaron Alexander on drums, with Gary Lucas sitting in on guitar on two tunes'creates a soundscape suffused with a feeling of an exploration of deep mysteries, in the mode (if not the sound) of A Love Supreme era John Coltrane. All this thanks in large part to Bacher's keyboards that swirl lush backdrops that are by turns haunting, anguished, or chilling'befitting the subject matter at hand.
On paper a project like thisinvolving the mysteries of religioncan come across as sort of heavy-handed, didactic to the point of ponderousness. Wall and crew avoid that; this is an unusual and fascinating jazz set on any terms, with the story behind the sounds serving as a bonus to the interested listener.
Track Listing: The Bones Drew Near, Zekiel Saw the Wheel, Among the Exhile by the River Kiver, Death and Resurrection, Malachi, Stoliner Nigun, Ofan (A Wheel Within a Wheel), Can These Bones Come to Life?, Lamentations
Personnel: Greg Wall--tenor sax, clarinet; Shai Bacher--keyboards; Aaron Alexander--drums; Gary Lucas--guitar on tracks 3 & 9
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com