All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

168

Peter Evans Quartet: Live in Lisbon

Troy Collins By

Sign in to view read count
Recorded at Portugal's Jazz em Agosto Festival in August of 2009, Live in Lisbon captures Peter Evans' longstanding quartet in concert, deconstructing a program of reconfigured standards—a regular feature of the New York-based trumpeter's oeuvre. Using classic American Songbook tunes as the basis for the quartet's freewheeling improvisations, Evans dismantles familiar melodies, harmonies and rhythms, rearranging them into kaleidoscopic panoramas that transpose wistful nostalgia into surreal futurism.

Evans' modular approach towards spontaneous composition evolves in a state of continuous transformation, as each member of the ensemble simultaneously contributes to the collage-like atmosphere. Employing key elements of recognizable standards as found materials rather than structural constraints, Evans and pianist Ricardo Gallo (replacing original quartet guitarist Brandon Seabrook), bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Kevin Shea reassemble archetypal themes with a mercurial sense of freedom. As Evans states in the liner notes, "It is great fun to see what elements of surprise we can squeeze out of something that, on its surface, may seem very familiar."

Jerome Kern's "All The Things You Are," Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" are among the classics meticulously transformed by the quartet. Augmenting and expanding the tunes with altered chord progressions, open harmonies and vacillating tempos, these long-form works are linked by brief improvised interludes that outline a seamless narrative reminiscent of the quartet's self-titled debut.

The cerebral concepts at the heart of these labyrinthine creations require unparalleled virtuosity to execute, but stellar musicianship does not preclude passionate expressionism; the quartet's committed performance of these cubist interpretations brims with unbridled enthusiasm. Cutting across thickets of undulating counterpoint and cantilevered polyrhythms with his sonorous tone, Evans' intervallic cadences and coiled arpeggios spiral into the stratosphere with expansive lyricism, yielding a series of fascinating harmonic variations that eschew unnecessary pyrotechnics. For all his sturm und drang—from crystalline filigrees to pounding tone clusters—Gallo's imposing contributions are comfortably rooted in the jazz tradition, more so than the futuristic interpolations Seabrook unleashed on the quartet's first record. Blancarte and Shea offer stalwart support throughout, their infectious ebullience elevating the bandstand.

A fascinating snapshot of one of today's best working bands, Live in Lisbon is a compelling document of Evans' total mastery of the trumpet and his visionary approach towards the tradition in the company of like-minded peers.


Track Listing: Introduction; All; Interlude 1; Latticework; Palimpsest; Interlude 2; What; Interlude 3; For ICP.

Personnel: Peter Evans: trumpet; Ricardo Gallo: piano; Tom Blancarte: double bass; Kevin Shea: drums.

Title: Live in Lisbon | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
A Quietness of Water

A Quietness of Water

Not Two Records
2017

buy
A Wing Dissolved In Light

A Wing Dissolved In...

NoBusiness Records
2017

buy
Genesis

Genesis

More Is More Records
2016

buy
Live in Lisbon

Live in Lisbon

NoBusiness Records
2014

buy
Trumpets and Drums Live in Ljubljana

Trumpets and Drums...

Clean Feed Records
2014

buy
Measure From Zero

Measure From Zero

Llama Records
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Northern Migrations CD/LP/Track Review
Northern Migrations
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Egregore CD/LP/Track Review
Egregore
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Lifelike CD/LP/Track Review
Lifelike
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Whatever Possessed Me CD/LP/Track Review
Whatever Possessed Me
by Don Phipps
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Live At The Fillmore East 1968 CD/LP/Track Review
Live At The Fillmore East 1968
by Doug Collette
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 21, 2018
Read "Wake Up Call" CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Best of the Bootlegs 2017" CD/LP/Track Review Best of the Bootlegs 2017
by Doug Collette
Published: February 24, 2018
Read "Last Dream of the Morning" CD/LP/Track Review Last Dream of the Morning
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 28, 2017
Read "Sing Me Some Cry" CD/LP/Track Review Sing Me Some Cry
by John Sharpe
Published: December 6, 2017
Read "druidh penumbrae" CD/LP/Track Review druidh penumbrae
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 17, 2018
Read "Generations" CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 16, 2017