One of the prime factors in assembling this project was that each musician should represent a distinct musical culture. Peter Epstein (saxophones), Brad Shepik (guitar), and Matt Kilmer (percussion) home in and open the doors to a world of fascinating rhythms.
Jazz has often moved across various lands in search of its muse. This outing is made more compelling by the way the musicians bring their instruments to bear on the characteristics of the various genres and give them a stamp of authenticity. Epstein always challenges boundaries. That foresight is paramount on "Two Door, which begins on a drone before Shapik and Kilmer up the beat and Epstein brings in the strains of Hindustani classical music, from which he creates different vignettes, bathing them in the modalities of Indian music and the harmonics of jazz. Shepik shadows the feel in the slight bend of strings and the emphasis of the chords, while Kilmer gives the rhythm the inherent shape of the root music.
Further down the road they get into reggae. "Sunrise is beautifully modulated, the rhythm marking a gentle presence, the melody going askance from the bed as Epstein creates a kaleidoscope of odd patterns. Shepik gets into a more identifiable line, a skein taken up by Epstein on his return. At the end, all coalesces into a charming whole. They find a snappy radiance on "Miro that gets Epstein squeezing out some tight elongated lines that then dance and jig and soar. Shepik works the basslines and kicks in with some cavorting lines of his own on this heady tune.
Track Listing: Two Door; Miro; Emerald; T
Personnel: Peter Epstein: alto and soprano saxophones; Brad Shepik: guitars; Matt Kilmer: percussion.
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.