4

Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell: Parallel Moments

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell: Parallel Moments Philadelphia, PA, reared pianist Marilyn Crispell looms as one of the more prolific artisans of progressive jazz and avant-garde forums amid her affiliations with saxophonist, composer Anthony Braxton and bassist Gary Peacock, among others of note. Here, she aligns with highly respected Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, who is the co-founder of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and also composes for film, theater and TV. Therefore, many of these improvisation-based duets tend to bridge various perspectives and thought processes, and such is the case here, on this recording captured live in 2010 at London's Vortex Jazz Club.

Indeed, the duo tenders a robust offering. With a cornucopia of micro-vignettes dispersed throughout the agenda, including bluesy after hours like vibes, they also trade peppery fours along with microtonal episodes, where you could probably hear a pin drop. The musicians throttle numerous currents via spurious dialogues and fragmented choruses while working through mini-themes, perhaps with the focus and intent that would be resident for solving a complex jigsaw puzzle. The duo expands contracts and on "A Subtle Freedom," MacDonald's searching notes ride above Crispell's splintered patterns, as the tide shifts on the following piece "Notes in the Sky," where the artists yield an intensely playful plot. Moreover, they moderate the flow with wistful sentiment but re-energize and catapult into whirlwind discourses. In other regions of sound and scope, they dish out a few hard-hitting, cyclonic ostinatos at a dizzying pace.

Crispell caresses the piano strings, exuding a phantasmagorical hook that offsets MacDonald's whirlwind lines on "Sun Song." However, they go full throttle with a tumultuous free flowing jaunt on "Parallel Moments," and experiment with variable tonal shadings towards the finale. Overall, it's easy to discern that the musicians were ready for the occasion. They aim to excite the mind throughout this rather stirring, multilevel program that comes at you from a host of disparate angles.

Track Listing: Longing; Town and City Halls; Conversation; A Subtle Freedom; Notes in the Sky; Illumination; Flame; Sun Song; Parallel Moments; Distant Voices.

Personnel: Raymond MacDonald: alto and soprano saxophones; Marilyn Crispell: piano

Title: Parallel Moments | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Babel Label


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ask Seek Knock CD/LP/Track Review Ask Seek Knock
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Air and Light and Time and Space CD/LP/Track Review Air and Light and Time and Space
by John Eyles
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Sunrain" CD/LP/Track Review Sunrain
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 3, 2016
Read "Ljubljana" CD/LP/Track Review Ljubljana
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "Live In New York" CD/LP/Track Review Live In New York
by John Sharpe
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Live At Maxwell's" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Maxwell's
by Budd Kopman
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "Satori" CD/LP/Track Review Satori
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 7, 2017
Read "The Wrong Waltz" CD/LP/Track Review The Wrong Waltz
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 15, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.