Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
5

Peter Evans + Raleigh Dailey: Measure From Zero

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count Views
Peter Evans + Raleigh Dailey: Measure From Zero Llama Records is a new jazz improvisation label out of Lexington Kentucky. Here, pianist Raleigh Dailey teams with mega-talented trumpeter Peter Evans, cited for his work with the young and insanely hip Mostly Other People Do the Killing band amid high profile stints with saxophonist, composer John Zorn and guitarist Mary Halvorson as the list goes on. Hence, this improvised program is a study in brazen contrasts. Simply put, they intensely explore fertile landscapes as virtually nothing seems out of scope or outside their realm of innovation.

With trickling dialogues, menacing cadenzas and swirling exchanges at an often dizzying pace, the duo proposes a myriad of invigorating thematic constructions. A good portion of the agenda is framed on a sense of urgency. At times, they trigger notions of trying to evade a hostile area by eliciting imagery of dour circumstances. And on "What the Bird with the Human Head Knew," Dailey navigates through the lower registers via haunting chord clusters as he conjures imagery of exploring a dimly lit passageway. However, these aspects bleed into the following track "Deathmask," where Evans' sweet-toned lines and raspy intonations combine moments of angst and beauty. At various cadences, the duo melds ethereal free-jazz grooves with evocative sketches, tinted with microtonal treatments. However, the sum of the parts cast a vibrant rhythmic perspective, exercised with numerous currents and off-center detours.

"An Ax for the Frozen Sea" is a piece where Evans' strange vibrato embouchure projects pathos and yearning sentiment, countered by some hearty wailing as the musicians gel to a sequence of oscillating movements. Moreover, they uncannily convey an electronics-shaded sound, while Dailey forges a harrowing mindset with dark voicings and a staggered rhythmic flow. In sum, the musicians operate like an idea factory. It's one of those freely improvised outings that will seize your attention from start to finish.


Track Listing: Spiffle; We Begin (Again); Third Invention; What the Bird With the Human Head Knew; Deathmask; End, Middle, Beginning; Ax for the Frozen Sea; Where We Are; Now.

Personnel: Peter Evans: trumpet; Raleigh Dailey: piano.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Llama Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Live in Lisbon
Live in Lisbon
NoBusiness Records
2014
buy
Trumpets and Drums Live in Ljubljana
Trumpets and Drums...
Clean Feed Records
2014
buy
Measure From Zero
Measure From Zero
Llama Records
2014
buy
Kopros Lithos
Kopros Lithos
Multikulti Project
2011
buy
Ghosts
Ghosts
More Is More Records
2011
buy
Live in Lisbon
Live in Lisbon
Clean Feed Records
2010
buy
Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor
piano
Geri Allen Geri Allen
piano
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
sax, soprano
Herb Robertson Herb Robertson
trumpet
Derek Bailey Derek Bailey
guitar
Oliver Lake Oliver Lake
saxophone
Tony Malaby Tony Malaby
sax, tenor

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.