Does anyone at CIMP ever sleep? Every time you turn around, they've released yet another CD of first-rate improvised music, all recorded to their high standards and all giving complete freedom to the artists involved. Bob Rusch and his team are on a mission, documenting one-of-a-kind sessions as well as the rich array of jazz musicians currently playing among us.
One of CIMP's newest CDs is Rules of Invisibility Vol. 1 , featuring alto/soprano saxophonist John O'Gallagher, bassist Masa Kamaguchi, and drummer Jay Rosen. O'Gallagher is a lyrical, emotive player; his tone is rich with passion and this quality combined with the unique shape of his notes and lines gives his playing a memorable, haunting quality. O'Gallagher is excellent on all the tracks, but he really stands out on "Folksong," where he plays with a sparseness and deep loneliness reminiscent of Miles Davis. The song is a cool blues, a poignant evocation of the unsaid. Kamaguchi supports with sensitive, minimalist lines and as for Jay Rosen, he just gets better and better: to date he has played on no less than three dozen CIMP recordings, always providing flexibility and unfailing intuition, and his discreet cymbal work on "Folksong" is a typical example of his sensitivity and skill.
As always with CIMP releases, Rusch's liner notes provide an education in themselves, giving tantalizing clues as to how improvised music is created. About this group, Rusch writes, "[T]he trio did the first set (7 takes) with only a handful of spoken words between takes but with musical excellence and interest from all members; a silent communication. And except for the opening of a piece, there was very little eye contact." The listener can feel this telegraphic harmony throughout Rules of Invisibility ; whether the spirit is bebop, meditative, or a full-out jam, the trio gets toas Rusch puts it"the music's sweet spot." Even better, the recording session yielded enough material for a second CD, so we'll hopefully be hearing more soon.
Track Listing: 1. Invisibility 7.54
2. Leakey's Bag 9:53
3. It's Very Deep 11:40
4. Folksong 7:08
5. Titans Stride 6:55
6. Point Time 5:45
7. I Love You Two 7:08
8. You Ain't All That 9:30
Personnel: John O'Gallagher -- alto and soprano saxophones;
Masa Kamaguchi -- bass;
Jay Rosen -- drums.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.