Marilyn Crispell (Golden Years of New Jazz: Selected Works 1983-1986

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Pianist Marilyn Crispell has emerged as one of the finest modern jazz artists of our time based upon her past and ongoing work with members of the British Free-Jazz movement, recordings with saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, drummer/composer Gerry Hemingway, strong outings for ECM records and more. With the recently released 2-CD package featuring music from now out-of-print LP’s titled Selected Works 1983-1986, Crispell performs solo piano, several duets with drummer Doug James and one thirty-eight minute opus for quartet, featuring bassist Marcio Mattos, cellist Didier Petit and drummer Yoval Mincemacher.

The opening piece on Disc 1, titled “Archaic Visions Part I” is a solo piano tour de force, as Ms. Crispell utilizes blues and jazz-based motifs as forums for abstract thematic developments, rendered via fluctuating meter and rapid crescendos. However, Ms. Crispell’s Cecil Taylor-like left hand, right hand mode of attack is marked by mini themes, awash with stirring melodies and intricate harmonic developments. Meanwhile, Crispell and drummer Doug James go rolling and tumbling atop fiery call and response type dialogue and maniacal swing motifs, as they explore a multitude of odd-metered rhythms and sinewy paths. Ultimately, these remastered tapes provide an insightful portraiture of Marilyn Crispell’s early-mid 80’s cunning inventiveness as the artist surges onward into the new millennium with much more to offer. Recommended.

Leo Records

Track Listing: Disc 1: (solo piano) Archaic Visions Part 1, Love, Rhythms Hung in Undrawn Sky, Song for Abdullah, Sadness, Archaic Visions Part 2, (duo with Doug James

Personnel: Marilyn Crispell; solo piano with Doug James; drums: Quartet with Marcio Mattos; bass: Didier Pett; cello and Yoval Mincemacher; drums

| Record Label: Leo Records | Style: Modern Jazz


More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" CD/LP/Track Review A Tribute to Herbie +1
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 5, 2016
Read "Neuroplastic Groove" CD/LP/Track Review Neuroplastic Groove
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Jinja" CD/LP/Track Review Jinja
by James Nadal
Published: February 11, 2017
Read "The Magnificent Thad Jones" CD/LP/Track Review The Magnificent Thad Jones
by Greg Simmons
Published: November 10, 2016
Read "Dark Territory" CD/LP/Track Review Dark Territory
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 15, 2016
Read "Sanctuary" CD/LP/Track Review Sanctuary
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus


Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!