Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

7

Kandinsky Trio: On Light Wings

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Natural Bridge"

Twenty-five years running, the Kandinsky Trio bridges many gaps and overlays numerous musical perimeters via a thoroughly hip stance. Here, the trio records two suite-like compositions by John D'Earth who is the University of Virginia's Director of Jazz Studies, and a contributor to 50 recordings, including stints with Buddy Rich, Tito Puente and the Kronos Quartet. They also perform one extended piece by fabled composer and New England Conservatory luminary, Gunther Schuller. Of particular note is the inclusion of jazz guitar-slinger Kurt Rosenwinkel on D'Earth's, "Natural Bridge."

"Natural Bridge" is a pulsating an exquisitely harmonious comp that contains six distinct works, woven into a far-reaching jazz and chamber type setting. Rosenwinkel's jazz voicings offer episodic stylizations of counterpoint amid empathetic storylines with the trio's sinuous staccato phrasings and quixotic melodies. Even though the composition is built on memorable themes, replete with endearing exchanges and sublime sentiment, the instrumentalists occasionally gel within an open-forum. They whirl through catchy ostinatos and a segment—firmly planted by Paul Langosch's walking bass lines—used as a vehicle for Rosenwinkel's fluid, jazz-centric soloing spots. Warm shadings and one passage concocted on a Caribbean motif evolve into punctuated stop/start cadenzas and briskly flowing unison notes.

Among other positives, the musicians' plush harmonic content, superfine artistry and cross-genre articulations generate a program that should be suitable for mass market consumption since the classical element is not immersed in austerity. They open up quite a few doors by enunciating the best of many musical worlds with a smooth integration of disparate outlooks that transcend the typical output evidenced by similar ensembles or projects. There's a little bit of everything for everyone on this superfine engagement.

Track Listing:

Personnel: Benedict Goodfriend: violin; Alan Weinstein: cello, cello percussion; Elizabeth Bachelder: piano. Guests – Paul Langosch: bass; Kurt Rosenwinkel: guitar.

Title: On Light Wings | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: OmniTone


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Bad Hombre CD/LP/Track Review Bad Hombre
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Aladdin's Dream CD/LP/Track Review Aladdin's Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Glow of Benares CD/LP/Track Review Glow of Benares
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Magic Circle CD/LP/Track Review Magic Circle
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 12, 2017
Read A Gathering Foretold CD/LP/Track Review A Gathering Foretold
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Swinging In The Holidays CD/LP/Track Review Swinging In The Holidays
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "First Man" CD/LP/Track Review First Man
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2017
Read "Alfa" CD/LP/Track Review Alfa
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 10, 2017
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 10, 2017
Read "No Filter" CD/LP/Track Review No Filter
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 11, 2017
Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" CD/LP/Track Review Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 16, 2017
Read "Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!