Paths Unknown is the result of an improvised studio session by the Vector Trio, without overdubs. Trumpeter Scott Forrey employs loops and a plugged-in horn, and the music elicits notions of an outside jazz session by trumpeter John Hassell, coupled with the free-form side of late-'60s electric Miles Davis. The rhythm section generates a bouncy, groove-laden pulse, topped off with asymmetrical and offbeat digressions. Forrey's oscillating lines feature wah-wah-ish voicings and raspy choruses, often treated with echoing loops and soaring articulations. And other than a few structured passages where the band renders tricky unison runs, the improvisational element is a prominent undercurrent.
The players temper the flow a tad on the sublime blues "Noir Ripples, where drummer Marshall Hughey sets the pace with open/closed hi-hat strokes. But the unit's primary focus is to redevelop patterns and grooves. The musicians construct a few ethereal frameworks where the electronics take center stage, also working through multicultural rhythmic structures and avant-garde free-for-alls.
Ultimately, the musicians deliver a high-strung workout by flexing some muscle and partaking in a continual process of reinvention. The recording sort of reaches a plateau by the time track ten or eleven comes to fruition, but it's a curiously interesting and satisfyingly entertaining affair nonetheless.
Track Listing: Victor
Personnel: Scott Forrey: trumpet, loops, electronics, percussion; Gary Rouzer: fretless bass, loops,
electronics; Marshall Hughey: drums, landscape percussion.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.