Here's a thing. In gathering together a group of players who prefer to look forwards, DJ Wally has gone and made a record that actually sounds like it was made in the present day, rather than any time in the last forty odd years, and whilst there's no seismic shift of the magnitude that bebop was, it does at least prove that in these pluralistic, post-modern and downright odd cultural times such a feat can still be acheived.
The music here raises questions about what might be called social utility. Rarely does music which can serve as background, as can a lot of the material here, reveal much depth with closer listening, as does this music. This is no small acheivement in itself, and the fact that the music is made by the likes of bassist William Parker and saxophonist David S. Ware underlines the point – nowhere here is the work of either of them comparable to their incendiary work in other small group settings. But it's hard to judge this music relative to such benchmarks, since it bears the prominent stamp of samples, group mixups, and electronic production.
"Out Of The Blue" comes closest to historic highs in fact, albeit from the most oblique of angles. Peter Gordon's flute work takes the music towards the middle of the road, whilst Parker and Ware take it to an altogether darker place; a backbeat is present, though here as elsewhere it's merely a part of the whole, as opposed to the whole reason for the music existing. "Shipp Solo Interlude" finds the pianist still shaded with Cecil Taylor, juxtaposed with an even more abstract setting in which Parker is front and center, to an accompaniment of samples.
So is this the future of jazz? How silly is that question when some new jazz releases are mired in a highly proscriptive view of the past? When it comes down to it this music works as well as anything Ruby Braff ever committed to disc despite the vast differences in style and content. Enough said.
Track Listing: 1. Hello (Intro)
2. A Day In The Life
3. Nothing Stays The Same
4. Thirsty Thrills
5. Lessons Learned
6. A Night In Savannah
7. Out Of The Blue
8. Shipp Solo (Interlude)
9. Paint By Number
11. I Spy
12. Maybe Just One (Interlude)
Personnel: Guillermo E. Brown, Drums; Daniel Carter, Reeds; Keef Destefano, Samples; Peter Gordon, Acoustic and Electric Flute; Khan Jamal, Vibes; William Parker, Bass; Matthew Shipp, Piano; David S. Ware, Saxophone.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.