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.
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.