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...

113

The Joe Mullen Quartet: Lost World Tango

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Drummer Joe Mullen's Lost World Tango presents a highly collaborative trumpet-and-rhythm section quartet. Jazz foursomes are more commonly led by a saxophonists, with notable exceptions being trumpeter Miles Davis' Musing of Miles (Prestige, 1955); pianist Herbie Hancock's classic Empyrean Isles (Blue Note, 1964); Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's marvelous ECM series with his supporting trio of young Polish musicians, including the 2006 masterpiece, Lontano; and pianist Ron Thomas' overlooked House of Counted Days (Vectordisc, 2003).

Any comparison with these other sets lies mostly in the makeup of the ensemble. Spontaneously composed in the studio, and with nobody involved knowing exactly where things were going, Lost world Tango features drifting melodies and ethereal atmospheres, and an extraordinary reactive/proactive dynamic of individual inputs. The foursome pushes and prods each other to new ideas with a level of intricate and telepathic subtlety rarely heard.

This probably can't be called a working band, but there is an obvious familiarity among the players. Mullen has recorded several discs with the group's pianist, Ron Thomas, including the superb Music in Three Parts (Art of Life, 2006), while bassist Paul Klinefelter teamed with Mullen and Thomas on multi-reedist Denis DiBlasio's Where the Jade Buddha Lives (Art of Life, 2007). Trumpeter Bob Meashey, whose grainy tone is reminiscent of Stanko, joined Thomas on the pianist's Scenes From a Voyage to Arcturus (Vectordisc, 2001).

So, a comfort level and musical compatibility sets the tone for this group of eight tunes—lain down one night, one after the other, and presented here in the order in which they were played in the studio. That a largely unmapped improvisational program can form itself into such of work of pure loveliness, and in such a spooky, mysterious fashion, is a testament to individual musicians' like-minded virtuosic approach, crafting a patiently unfolding and conversational chamber jazz. It is a conversation in low tones that explores unknown territories with in a deeply meditative mood, from the floating opener, "Exordium," and the eerily diaphanous "Cloud in the Wind," to the darkly Argentinean-tinged title track that closes this set of moody, measured beauty.

Track Listing: Exordium; Your Table Is Ready; Forest Prowl; MemorySpace; Ars Poetica; Clouds In The Wind; House Of Counted Days (Weeping Rain); Lost World Tango.

Personnel: Bob Meashey: trumpet: Ron Thomas: piano; Paul Klinefelter: bass; Joe Mullen: drums.

Title: Lost World Tango | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Vectordisc Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Lost World Tango

Lost World Tango

Vectordisc Records
2011

buy

Related Articles

Read Vilddjur CD/LP/Track Review
Vilddjur
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Lines in Sand CD/LP/Track Review
Lines in Sand
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It CD/LP/Track Review
Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 11, 2018
Read The Brave CD/LP/Track Review
The Brave
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Strings 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Strings 1
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 11, 2018
Read Pillars CD/LP/Track Review
Pillars
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 10, 2018
Read "Live at Sowieso" CD/LP/Track Review Live at Sowieso
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 20, 2018
Read "Contrast" CD/LP/Track Review Contrast
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 1, 2018
Read "Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes)" CD/LP/Track Review Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes)
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 28, 2018
Read "All the Rivers – Live at Panteão Nacional" CD/LP/Track Review All the Rivers – Live at Panteão Nacional
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 8, 2018
Read "Vanished Gardens" CD/LP/Track Review Vanished Gardens
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 10, 2018
Read "American Reverie" CD/LP/Track Review American Reverie
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 6, 2018