174

Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi / Nobu Stowe / Ray Sage: New York Moments

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi / Nobu Stowe / Ray Sage: New York Moments
No frills or trickery enacted here, as its all about a collective of like-minded musical spirits letting the chips fall where they may. This quartet stokes the coals and generates some high-heat during this rollicking and stimulating improv fest recorded at The Studio in New York City. New York Moments also serves as the companion for the trio date, Brooklyn Moments (Konnex, 2007), featuring the same personnel sans the services of guitarist Dom Minasi.

Multi-reedman Blaise Siwula sparks the chain of events with darting, voracious and frenzied lines, often complemented by Minasi's swift, single note voicings. IThe quartet expands and contracts like a rubber band, while occasionally erupting into volcanic escapades. Pianist Nobu Stowe launches "Quartet IIb with a pensive framework that gravitates to ascending choruses, firmed-up by drummer Ray Sage's turbulent polyrhythmic attack. Here and elsewhere, the musicians execute ascending motifs as though they're trying to attain a zenith, or point of no return.

The customary, free-form style peaks and valleys shine glitteringly, where Stowe often rolls off Sage's energized patterns amid the lead soloists' excitable exchanges. With "Quartet IIa, Siwula's turbulent soprano sax attack rides above his band-mates' thrusting impetus. But they simmer the seething flow after making entry back into the atmosphere on the final piece, "Quartet I.

The artists generate an outward and forward-moving impetus that doesn't convey any hint of introversion. It's a no-holds barred workout that could parallel the bustle of metro New York, its darting and glancing rays of light veering off into an aggregation of incalculable directions. Avant-jazz at its very finest.

Track Listing

Tracks: Quartet IIa; Quartet IIb; Trio I; Quartet IIIb; Trio II; Quartet IIIa; Quartet I.

Personnel

Personnel: Blaise Siwula: soprano, alto and tenor saxophones; Dom Minasi: guitar; Nobu Stowe: piano; Ray Sage: drums.

Album information

Title: New York Moments | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Konnex Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Read Data Lords
Data Lords
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Read In Igma
In Igma
Pedro Melo Alves
Read Blood Moon
Blood Moon
Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis
Read Inland Empire
Inland Empire
Fredrik Ljungkvist - Kris Davis - Ole Morten Vågan - Øyvind Skarbø
Read PaNOptic
PaNOptic
Rudy Royston
Read Valentine
Valentine
Bill Frisell
Read Triangulate the Landscape
Triangulate the Landscape
Drew Wesely/Kenneth Jimenez/Francisco Mela

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.