286

Will Holshouser Trio with Bernardo Sassetti: Palace Ghosts and Drunken Hymns

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Will Holshouser Trio with Bernardo Sassetti: Palace Ghosts and Drunken Hymns Inspired by the sights, sounds, and people of Lisbon, Portugal, American accordionist Will Holshouser collaborates with Portuguese pianist Bernardo Sassetti on a recording that is equal parts jazz (European and American), folk (again European and American—both North and South American), and chamber music. While it may take an ethnomusicologist to sort out all the roots and influences, it can easily be described as "grinning Portuguese music."

Holshouser's trio consists of two fine musicians that are unheralded, trumpeter Ron Horton (Andrew Hill and New York's Jazz Composers Collective) and bassist David Phillips (Freedance). Their previous releases Reed Song (Clean Feed, 2002) and Singing To a Bee (Clean Feed, 2006) display an eclecticism common to modern jazz.

With the addition of Sassetti, a pianist comfortable in classical and jazz who also writes film scores, Holshouser's concept of chamber jazz is realized with true folk sensibilities both inside and out. It may be the Portuguese sailing traditions of gathering influence from distant ports and seeding ideas with commerce that is at the heart of this recording. On "Danca Palaciana," by Portuguese guitarist Carlos Paredes, the band might begin at Mozart but they end with the dirty rice trumpet of Louis Armstrong at the port of New Orleans. Thus is the mingling of cultures. The romantic folk of the accordion gives way to the classical piano then Ron Horton's gutbucket snarling trumpet. The quartet has set sail, bringing Europe to the New World. Hello, we've found the blues!

The remaining tracks are compositions from either Holshouser or Sassetti. Both are of the same mind, melding the tango with klezmer, folk with blues, or jazz and chamber music to create populist sounds. With musicians of such quality, it is no chore to slip from one style into the next, producing sweet, patient melodies in "The Oldest Boat," then jagged complex runs "Irreverente," and finally the heartbreaking ballad "The Department Of Peace."

The disc closes as it opened, at the intersection of classical and folk with "Drunkard's Hymn," a church located next door to a tavern. The patrons rush between the two, imbibing the tonic of the preacher and the pitcher. The band plays the proper hymn before Horton's slurred tones open the bar, and the band gives way to a sort of Americana, a folk music surely with roots in the Old World.

Track Listing: Danca Palaciana; Dance Of The Dead; Narayama; East River Breeze; The Oldest Boat; Irreverente; Department Of Peace; Drunkard's Hymn.

Personnel: Ron Horton: trumpet; Bernardo Sassetti: piano; Will Holshouser: accordion; David Phillips: bass.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Ugly Beauty" CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beauty
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 6, 2017
Read "Tales & Tones" CD/LP/Track Review Tales & Tones
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "We Live Here" CD/LP/Track Review We Live Here
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "The Harry Warren Song Book" CD/LP/Track Review The Harry Warren Song Book
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 31, 2017
Read "Start to Move" CD/LP/Track Review Start to Move
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: September 20, 2016
Read "Spectre" CD/LP/Track Review Spectre
by Mark F. Turner
Published: July 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

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!