185

Oscar Noriega: Luciano's Dream

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count
Oscar Noriega: Luciano's Dream The full name of this ensemble is Oscar Noriega’s Play Party, and some of the music on Luciano’s Dream is indeed playful, with an edgy, avant-garde sensibility. But the album’s title track is certainly no laughing matter, as it is dedicated to a person who would have become Noriega’s brother-in-law had he not committed suicide at the age of 28. Together with trumpeter Cuong Vu, guitarist Brad Shepik, and drummer Tom Rainey, Noriega (on alto sax and bass clarinet) formulates a complex emotional response to the tragedy through music. The track "Luciano’s Dream" begins with a haunting bass clarinet introduction and develops into a powerful, unsettling song of mourning. In a similarly moving vein, Noriega ends the album with a tranquil, unaccompanied bass clarinet piece titled "Canción Para Cecilia."

There’s no bassist in this Play Party, although Shepik fulfills a bass-like role on several tracks, at times using an octave pedal to access lower registers. The guitarist, well-versed in non-Western music, brings a particular acumen to the Balkan-inspired "7 of 9." Tom Rainey, who plays drums in Shepik’s own trio, also approaches Noriega’s music with an intuitive expertise. Cuong Vu, a bold new presence on the creative music scene, contributes his identifiable trumpet sound, at times using his breath to achieve a radical white-noise effect.

Track Listing: 1. Funky Number 2. 7 of 9 3. The Z 4. Back to Back 5. Skimcoat 6. Luciano

Personnel: Oscar Noriega, bass clarinet, alto saxophone; Cuong Vu, trumpet; Brad Shepik, guitar; Tom Rainey, drums

Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: OmniTone | Style: Modern Jazz


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People CD/LP/Track Review This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: May 29, 2017
Read Nigerian Spirit CD/LP/Track Review Nigerian Spirit
by James Nadal
Published: May 29, 2017
Read The Colours Suite CD/LP/Track Review The Colours Suite
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 29, 2017
Read Les Liasons Dangereuses 1960 CD/LP/Track Review Les Liasons Dangereuses 1960
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 29, 2017
Read Chapter Five CD/LP/Track Review Chapter Five
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 28, 2017
Read The Hive CD/LP/Track Review The Hive
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "Still Happy" CD/LP/Track Review Still Happy
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Everything's Gonna Be Great" CD/LP/Track Review Everything's Gonna Be Great
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 17, 2016
Read "Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "What Doesn’t Kill You" CD/LP/Track Review What Doesn’t Kill You
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "The Time Verses" CD/LP/Track Review The Time Verses
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 1, 2017
Read "Under the Influence" CD/LP/Track Review Under the Influence
by Doug Collette
Published: July 2, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!