Light’s View is free-jazz pianist Georg Graewe and saxophone virtuoso John Butcher collaborating on a series of improvised pieces. The results prove to be fascinating and altogether enduring. On “Second Curiosity” we find Butcher supplying tremolo and quaint melodic undercurrents, which nicely contrasts Graewe’s, inquisitive style phrasing through brief chord progressions and quick, darting right hand leads. “Chromatic Aberrations” features a series of spurious call and response activities enacted mainly within the lower to mid-registers. On “Egratignures” Butcher utilizing his tenor sax, employs a steely edged sound, which emits an emotionally charged feel while Graewe compliments with rapid dialogue. On “Plague-Prism”, Butcher’s tenor sounds mechanical or perhaps even electronic? Here, Butcher’s acoustic sound could easily be misinterpreted as being electronically treated. Butcher and Graewe combine so many elements and know few boundaries. These gentlemen are true explorers of sound and thematic development!
On “Two-Ribbon Flare” Butcher once again practices the art of deception as he emulates plucking a stringed instrument through his soprano sax. Here, the mood is multifarious as Graewe performs in workmanlike fashion while devising circular-like motifs. Graewe and Butcher seldom provide the listener with beginning and end points as the graceful and overtly intuitive dialogue prevails throughout this recording.
Light’s View is all about two master improvisers doing what they do best. The music portrayed here could be considered slightly mischievous, or at times wittingly playful as Nuscope Records has quickly emerged as a major exponent and catalyst of modern improvised music * * * * 1/2
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I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.