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.
Year Released: 2007
| Record Label: Self Produced
| Style: Modern Jazz
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.