Here, Ms. Joelle Leandre displays her consummate artistry alongside the very impressive pianist, Ryoji Hojito for a series of somewhat playful duets, featuring the artists' verbose musical dialogue and ornate textures. Through it all, the duo institutes an abundance of sub plots as Ms Leandre's resonantly wooden tone provides radiant contrast to the pianist's percussive block chords and flailing arpeggios. However, Hojito artfully toggles between working within the prepared piano style format and more conventional methodologies amid these ten untitled pieces. Additionally, the musicians meld semi-austere style classicism with jazz-based rhythmic developments, discordant musings, and penetrating call and response type exchanges. With track '6,' the duo implements a burgeoning ostinato motif in concert with clipped themes and expansive frameworks atop alternating statements, consisting of sonorous melodies.
Ms. Leandre exhibits enviable discipline and control via her altogether stunningly precise staccato arco-bass lines, and articulate single note patterns while Hojito surges onward with power and resolve, during these intricately devised and often dazzling performances, recorded live in Sapporo, Japan. Recommended.
Track Listing: Tracks 1-10 (Untitled)
Personnel: Joelle Leandre; acoustic bass: Ryoji Hojito; acoustic piano
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.