159

Joe McPhee-Jerome Bourdellon: Manhattan Tango

Rex  Butters By

Sign in to view read count
Trumpeter Joe McPhee shows up for this live loft session recorded with flutist Jerome Bourdellon in 2000. The multi-instrumentalist manages to make a multi-instrument out of the pocket trumpet through extended techniques and unbounded imagination. Bourdellon matches McPhee's sonic searchfulness, artfully coaxing new flute nuances and sub sounds before articulating sweeping runs with unguessable destinations.

On the opener, "Business Hour," Bourdellon inflates the bass flute slowly, then hits the keys hard enough to produce percussion and melody, with McPhee smearing and embouchering lazily. Bourdellon's key percussion blends with McPhee's tiny pops on "Pearls to Swine." They vocalize very differently through their instruments and play tag through melodies, then McPhee goes operatic. They end in a striking improvisation. In some ways the most melodic and virtuosic track, "White Street, 17th" creates a strong sense of spontaneous structure as the players seduce the sound out of their instruments.

"A.K.A.L.H." might stand for unusual usage of instruments, as the two ply singular sonances (a sax mouthpiece in a muted trumpet?) for a near-avian soundscape. Bourdellon's attack yields muscular flute tone. A sublime bass flute/muted trumpet ballad, "In the Noiseless Loft," tells you all you need to know about how beautiful improvised music can be.

McPhee indulges in some spirited scat singing for "Come Back Ella," then mutes the trumpet. All the while, Bourdellon keeps the bass flute richly roaming the scale. "Mystery J" sneaks in on exhalations, then skulks on the edges of intonation with multiphonic fans. McPhee gets the rhythm right muted on "Manhattan Tango." Bourdellon boleros on piccolo, triple tonguing, sweeping, and exploring sound potentials.

Adding to McPhee's impressive catalogue, Manhattan Tango captures the intimacy of two friends playing in two friends' living room, materializing fire.

Track Listing: Business Hour; Pearls for Swine; White Street, 17th; A.K.A.L.H.; In the Noiseless Loft; Come Back Ella; Mystery "J"; Manhattan Tango

Personnel: Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, voice), J

Title: Manhattan Tango | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Label Usine

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
In Pictures
Album Reviews
General Articles
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Book Reviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Read more articles
A Pride Of Lions

A Pride Of Lions

The Bridge Sessions
2018

buy
From Outer Space

From Outer Space

Roaratorio Records
2018

buy
Imaginary Numbers

Imaginary Numbers

Clean Feed Records
2018

buy
Flowers

Flowers

Cipsela Records
2016

buy
Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga

Clean Feed Records
2015

buy

Upcoming Shows

Related Articles

Read Trion Album Reviews
Trion
By Dan McClenaghan
April 22, 2019
Read LE10 18-05 Album Reviews
LE10 18-05
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 22, 2019
Read After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane Album Reviews
After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 21, 2019
Read Cadillac Turns Album Reviews
Cadillac Turns
By Troy Dostert
April 21, 2019
Read A Pride Of Lions Album Reviews
A Pride Of Lions
By John Sharpe
April 21, 2019
Read Sunburst Finish Album Reviews
Sunburst Finish
By Glenn Astarita
April 21, 2019
Read This Should Be Fun Album Reviews
This Should Be Fun
By David A. Orthmann
April 20, 2019