The second release from this fresh New England trio features an eclectic patchwork of styles. As on Kite Flight, pianist Jacques Chanier settles on a formula that employs original compositions as a springboard for creative expression. The trio moves fast and furious one moment, quiet and dreamy the next. Alternative percussion sounds and unusual electronic effects add a dramatic flair to several pieces.
Chanier’s strength lies in his love of the straight-ahead tradition and the manner in which he peppers his interpretations with new kicks. Quilt swings with a blues tinge that reflects the music’s sensitive nature. At the same time, the session fills with excitement. “Dance for Peace” takes a tour of the world’s myriad native musical thoughts. Brooke Sofferman’s udu drum creates a fascinating landscape for the trio's exotic themes. “Announcement” features Thomson Kneeland’s fluid electronics in tandem with a lustrous piano theme by Chanier. Together they form open-ended impressions that point in many directions at once.
Most of the session captures familiar, mainstream objects and turns them around with a fresh infusion of ideas. By combining the essence of Monk and Miles with new innovations, his trio scores big on its highly recommended Accurate Records debut.
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.