69

Dudley Owens / Aaron Wright Band: People Calling

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Book of Revelations"

Dudley Owens / Aaron Wright Band: People Calling Saxophonist Dudley Owens and bassist Aaron Immanuel Wright bring together (in classic quintet format) a band intent on expanding the language of Miles Davis's second great quintet from within. On People Calling the band does exactly this: they create a late '60s sonic image stamped in 21st Century digital. The writing is firmly post bop, with Atlantic period Ornette Coleman fighting its way out. These influences are governed by a firm compositional vision intent on cleaning up the excesses of post bop (ragged beginnings and endings) and replacing them with crisp transitions.

On Owen's "Book of Revelations," Wright and drummer Clif Wallace slowly introduce a John Coltrane-like motif approximating "A Love Supreme" that soon takes on an "Eye of the Hurricane" complexity. Pianist Willerm Delisfort solos over this with an angular, block-chord grace. The harmonic scaffolding of the piece strongly recalls the early European recordings of Miles' second quintet, as presented on Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Columbia, 2011). The difference being that everything here is less experimental, more orderly and content. Recordings like this demonstrate that while jazz has moved on in so many other directions, the old ways still warrant consideration and investigation.

Personnel: Dudley Owens: tenor and soprano saxophones; Justin Stanton: trumpet (7- 10); Willerm Delisfort: piano; Aaron Immanuel Wright: bass; Clif Wallace: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Origin Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "Moving Still" CD/LP/Track Review Moving Still
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 5, 2016
Read "Broken Artist" CD/LP/Track Review Broken Artist
by James Nadal
Published: June 26, 2016
Read "Oakland/Lisboa" CD/LP/Track Review Oakland/Lisboa
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Into A Myth" CD/LP/Track Review Into A Myth
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 19, 2017
Read "Perihelion" CD/LP/Track Review Perihelion
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 21, 2016
Read "Up North" CD/LP/Track Review Up North
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 17, 2017

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!