141

Saturnalia String Trio + Daniel Carter: Meditations on Unity

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Saturnalia String Trio + Daniel Carter: Meditations on Unity "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.

Title: Meditations On Unity | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Sublingual Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Towards Language CD/LP/Track Review Towards Language
by John Eyles
Published: June 23, 2017
Read The Romeo and Juliet Project CD/LP/Track Review The Romeo and Juliet Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Crystal Machine CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Machine
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Thick as Thieves CD/LP/Track Review Thick as Thieves
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Urban Soul" CD/LP/Track Review Urban Soul
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 20, 2017
Read "The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix" CD/LP/Track Review The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: August 23, 2016
Read "Left Right Left" CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Liquid Melodies" CD/LP/Track Review Liquid Melodies
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" CD/LP/Track Review Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 9, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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