Home » Jazz Articles » Matt Bauder: Paper Gardens

242
Album Review

Matt Bauder: Paper Gardens

By

Sign in to view read count
Matt Bauder: Paper Gardens
The album title, Paper Gardens, parallels saxophonist Matt Bauder's work for an architecture firm, concerning the design of a new garden for an elementary school. Upon his initial visit, he observed construction paper models of the proposed garden, which served as the basis for this curiously interesting, avant-garde, chamber-jazz foray. Here, Bauder forges a homogenous program, touching upon minimalism and sound-sculpting motifs to complement the improvisational opuses interspersed at key intervals.

Partly constructed on horn- and string-based extended notes, coinciding with intermittent detours, the ensemble propagates a series of systematized pastiches, augmented with contrasting dialogues, generating dips and spikes to offset some of the streaming flows. On "Track B," the musicians traverse on intersecting routes via Bauder's popping sax notes and cellist Loren Dempster's droning undercurrents. The band uses space as an additional instrument, along with false endings and ominous intimations.

The musicians exercise control, yet render several off-kilter metrics. They raise and lower the pitch with emotively constructed passages, crafting a foreboding undercurrent during "Track G," thanks to Dempster and bassist Reuben Radding's swerving notes that adjoin Bauder and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts' flowering motifs. In other regions of sound, the artists engage in fiery exchanges.

All told, Bauder's theme-building mindset imparts a conglomeration of geometric stylizations, tucked within an organic framework that offers a prismatic reckoning of his principal objectives.

Track Listing

Track A; Track B; Track C; Track D; Track E; Track F; Track G; Track H; Track I; Track J; Track K.

Personnel

Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Matana Roberts: alto saxophone, clarinet; Loren Dempster: cello; Reuben Radding: double-bass.

Album information

Title: Paper Gardens | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Porter Records


FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a champion of jazz since 1995, supporting it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to rigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Post a comment about this album

Tags

More

Xaybu: The Unseen
Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone
Secret People
Secret People
If I Knew Then
Naama Gheber

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.