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...

5

Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Chris Corsano: Malus

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
Named musician of the year in the El Intruso 2013 critics poll, trumpeter Nate Wooley looks to be on a roll. That's in spite, or perhaps that should be because, of being so hard to pin down. His output stretches from experimental solo works such as Trumpet/Amplifier (Smeraldina-Rima 2011) and The Almond (Pogus Productions, 2011), to his more tradition-orientated quintet on (Put Your) Hands Together (Clean Feed, 2011) and (Sit In) The Throne of Friendship (Clean Feed, 2013). Malus pitches midway between the two extremes, and close to Six Feet Under (No Business Records, 2012) with Paul Lytton and Christian Weber. An airy, even lyrical, quality pervades the set notwithstanding its improvised genesis and attention to novel timbres.

That melodicism stems not only from Wooley's trumpet, which at times evokes distant echoes of Sketches of Spain-era Miles Davis, but also the lush unhurried bass stylings of Hugo Antunes. Wooley hooked up with the Belgium-based Portuguese bassist in 2011, and their interactions are also documented on Posh Scorch (Orre Records, 2013), recorded the day previous to the current outing. Alongside others, that outing also includes the third member of the trio here, acclaimed drummer Chris Corsano whose credits range from Björk to Evan Parker, as well as contributing to Wooley's Seven Storey Mountain project. Perhaps stemming from the reduced instrumentation, spacious interplay forms one of the key features of this LP, accentuated by the marked channel separation of the bass and the trumpet.

While the cast changes between cuts, careful programming makes for a cohesive album which hangs together well. Judicious placement of sound and lack of grandstanding both play a large role in the collective endeavor and, as heard most notably on "Seven Miles from the Moon," they are not afraid to let silence hang between the notes. Even Wooley's most conventional playing is informed by his adventurous attitude, as on "Gentleman of Four Outs" where languid fanfares deconstruct into breathy noise. While Antunes proceeds with masterly restraint, as in the spare duet with the trumpeter's whinnies and snorts on "Sandbagged," he also revels in abstract textures, particularly in evidence in his careening bow work in duet with Corsano on "Sawbuck." Indeed of the three, the drummer proves most inclined towards propulsion, albeit with a tuned drum sensibility. Such a distinctive set prompts the hope that this threesome proves more than a one-off in Wooley's diverse discography.

Track Listing: Gentleman of Four Outs; 4 Cornered; Sawbuck; Seven Miles from the Moon; Sandbagged; Sewn; Gentleman of Three Inns.

Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet, amplifier; Hugo Antunes: double bass, amplifier; Chris Corsano: drums, amplifier (6).

Title: Malus | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Year in Review
Album Reviews
Multiple Reviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Columbia Icefield

Columbia Icefield

Northern Spy
2019

buy
Knknighgh Minimal Poetry (for Aram Saroyan)

Knknighgh Minimal...

Clean Feed Records
2017

buy
The Complete Syllables Music

The Complete...

Self Produced
2017

buy
Purple Patio

Purple Patio

NoBusiness Records
2016

buy
Argonautica

Argonautica

Firehouse 12 Records
2016

buy
(Dance to) the Early Music

(Dance to) the Early...

Clean Feed Records
2016

buy

Related Articles

Read Nexus Album Reviews
Nexus
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 23, 2019
Read The Second Coming Album Reviews
The Second Coming
By Daniel Barbiero
May 23, 2019
Read Luminária Album Reviews
Luminária
By John Sharpe
May 23, 2019
Read Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band Album Reviews
Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band
By Jerome Wilson
May 23, 2019
Read When Will The Blues Leave Album Reviews
When Will The Blues Leave
By Karl Ackermann
May 22, 2019
Read Infinite Itinerant Album Reviews
Infinite Itinerant
By Geno Thackara
May 22, 2019
Read Pulcino Album Reviews
Pulcino
By Nicholas F. Mondello
May 22, 2019