This is the second album emanating from celebrated British saxophonist, Paul Dunmall's 2012 visit to New York City, performing at the Vision Festival, and follows his initial 2013 appearance for New Atlantis Records on a date led by guitarist Edward Ricart, titled Chameleon. Hence, top New York City-based improvisers, drummer Andrew Barker and bassist Tim Dahlthe latter appearing on three tracks, lend their faculties for a set that poses a myriad of irregular rhythmic explorations. And while Dunmall's explosive tenor sax lines emphasize the group's power-packed tactics, the musicians' remain agile amid a host of changeable motifs, including areas where gruff, microtonal idiosyncrasies alter the flows and perspectives.
Whether Dunmall and Barker are going toe-to-toe or when Dahl is present, the band covers just about every conceivable angle imaginable as an improvising unit, sans any filler material. Barker is a proverbial force of nature with his polyrhythmic assaults and snappy cymbals hits. With an aggregation of fractured storylines, they pursue oscillating medium tempo romps while often breaking into a whirlwind inferno.
On "No Pity Party," Dunmall's energized and flirtatious upper register phrasings launch a deeply conversational sequence of twisting notions and fierce interactions among the rhythm section. Dahl's deep bass and Barker's tumultuous drumming envelops the saxophonist's soaring trajectory. Yet on "Spells," Dahl's cyclical arco lines are expanded by Dunmall, as the duo creates a vortex of expansive improvisational opuses. However the final piece "Flecks," commences with a gravelly and rather low-key platform; although, the saxophonist opens it up via recoiling notes darting across the studio, spawning a jagged loop of sorts. It's high-intensity improvisation as the musicians were most assuredly up for the occasion, correlating their robust imaginations and heightened sense of the dynamic into ardently executed outcomes.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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