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Outside, inside; man, this disc is all over the place. Cellist Turner, probably best known from various fine collaborations with Jeff Song (guitar, kayagum, bass), here is mostly in, with standards pop, jazz, and religious, and with bizarre timing, an original tune called “Ground Zero,” which turns out to be an excellent blues. It’s not mood music, though much is, um, standard. Harmon’s piano comping is solid mainstream and Turner turns in some tasty slurs and off notes.
From “I Fall In Love Too Easily” to the beautiful-bop of “Solar,” all is lovely and often clever, but often I miss fire or depth. As soon as I feel that, the duo throw me off the expected with originals like “Rabid Poultry,” Harmon abstract in a Cecil/Bley way, with Turner scratching, skyrocketing and moaning. Ornette’s tune “Roundtrip” finds Harmon chording on an organlike keyboard, with Turner truly taking off, a fabulous track, while the proceeding “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” again uses organ and a heavenly screechy cello grind.
The label is new to me. The packaging is not misleading, a delightfully early-60s bluegreen abstract photo, and the Stellar! label in a Jetsons space age curly script font. Is this the same Janet Planet formerly associated with Van Morrison?
Track Listing: 1. I Fall In Love Too Easily; 2. Solar; 3. Rabid Poultry; 4. Mourning; 5. Roundtrip; 6. Darn That Dream; 7. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me; 8. Beautiful Love; 9. Forbidden Forest; 10. Ground Zero; 11. Blue In Green
Personnel: Matt Turner, cello; John Harmon, piano, keyboards
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...