With an unconventional group setting, initial impressions might suggest chamber-jazz of some flavor, but Brooklyn bassist Peter Kerlin's debut effort as a leader is framed on several tangents of classical and jazz. And the young musicians impart aspirations and ingenuity, often intimating the outcomes of a thirst for knowledge and unhindered commitment. Here, the band abides by an unhurried stride as Kerlin's unique and enlivening compositions honor the modern jazz and nouveau chamber strata. But these pieces also contain doses of minimalism and ambient ethereal persuasions with snappy rock grooves, entrancing ostinatos and polychromatic treatments.
At times Kerlin and associates execute programmatic grooves with layered strings and booming bass parts, coupled with loosely organized jazz-based improvisation. For example, on "Wanna Let The Bell-Tower Ring," the ensemble renders abrupt stops with a terse, odd- metered unison runs and radiant improv segments. Otherwise, the leader yields perceptive song-form stylizations and contrasting statements, brimming with transitory detours.
"Ballad Of The Bewildered Herd," features extended bass workouts amid cymbals-induced coloration and frothy beats by drummers Mike Pride and Charles Burst. Hence, the musicians articulate numerous viewpoints, enhanced by a little roughhousing in spots. The strings section closes it out with a gruff and steely imprint. Moreover, the band transcends a softly woven melody into an ostinato motif that seemingly comes out of nowhere, signifying one of many subtle surprises on this irrefutably persuasive offering. It's as though Kerlin lifts items from different categories; reassembles, organizes and customizes into a top-shelf product.
Track Listing: Bulbs; Snake Eats Electric Blanket; Cenozoan Warp; Wanna Let The Bell-
Tower Ring; Ballad Of The Bewildered Herd.
Personnel: Peter Kerlin: bass; Taylor Bergren-Chrisman: bass; Brent Cordero: bass:
Sam Sowyrda: vibraphone; Cesare Papetti: vibraphone; Amy Cimini: viola;
Jessica Pavone: viola; Karen Waltuch: viola; Emily Manzo: organ,
Wurlitzer; Mike Pride: drums, percussion; Charles Burst: drums,
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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