"Notice something other than the 'expected' other: a question not marked as such..."
So advises Daniel Carter on this, the first full-length recording of his multi-instrumental self with the Boston-based Saturnalia String Trio. Unlike many collective improvisation projects, Meditations on Unity thrives on the space between the notes, and the limitless harmonic possibilities of overtones. Jonathan LaMaster's Saturnalia explores the darkness of sound, the shady boundaries between modern classical and freely improvised music.
New York's Carter adds a pinch of brightness, a smatter of unpredictability, and his usual angular harmonic vision. Surprisingly, although the tunes on this record were recorded at eight different locations (both live and in the studio), they maintain a coherent sense of continuity regardless. To these ears, the combination of strings and horn presents a satisfying alternative to the usual horns-bass-drums combination found in free improvisation. Though somewhat underdocumented at this point, the Saturnalia String Trio plays with the confidence and synergy of any mature free jazz group. Hopefully we'll have a chance to hear more music from them, as well as projects along the lines of this Boston-New York collaboration.
Track Listing: What Kind of Jazz?; 3 for One; Aspirations; Repose; Spontaneous Contagion; Reverie; Ekstasis; 3 for Two;
Release; 3 for All; Juggernaut; Visions of Unity.
Personnel: Jonathan LaMaster: violin, electronics; Vic Rawlings: prepared cello, sarangi, and electronics; Mike Bullock: bass; Daniel Carter: saxophones, clarinet, flute, and trumpet; Matthew Heyner: bass.
I was first exposed to jazz at the age of seven. I used to listen to Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery all the time. My late dad was a violinist and my sister was a music teacher so there was always (jazz) music playing in our home
I was first exposed to jazz at the age of seven. I used to listen to Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery all the time. My late dad was a violinist and my sister was a music teacher so there was always (jazz) music playing in our home. I later went to study Jazz guitar at various institutions internationally. My favourite was Trinity College of Music in London. I met a few life long friends there.
Jazz is a way of life and I would certainly not change it for anything or anyone. Music is Happiness So, Let it Play... Play... Play.