George Lewis: Sequel (For Lester Bowie)By
There are a couple of reasons for this. The session (actually recorded in 2004, so this year's epiphany is more mine than his) documents the first band he's recorded that can challenge him on the electronic side. The octet is made up of musicians who play both electronic and acoustic instruments (although not all playing both here), includin varied and talented artists like Guillermo E. Brown, Kaffe Matthews, Miya Masaoka, DJ Mutamassik and Jeff Parker. That lineup also means that his is not the only electronic voice in the group. His cyber-sensibility is, unlike in the past, integrated, not isolated.
In a sense, however, they still function like a jazz group, albeit one that, instead of playing recurring heads, seemingly has open to it just about any sound in the universe. The four tracks (one dedicated to Lester Bowie and one to Sun Ra, although there are no apparent musical similarities) work like a slowly moving suite with occasional solosdrums near the end of the first part, some nice turntabling in the second, resonant koto in the third. Lewis' trombone weaves in and out intermittently but is never the star. Sequel is an ensemble record with a strange tension of never going anywhere. And if it's not the strongest electroacoustic release of the year, it makes one look forward to Lewis' next move.
Sequel, A Composition For Cybernetic Improvisers (For Lester Bowie); Calling All Cyborgs (After Sun Ra); Tuning Meditation; Octavia's Dream.
Guillermo E. Brown: drums, percussion, electronics; duo 48nord: Ulrich Muller: guitar, laptop; Siegfried Rossert: bass, voice, laptop. Miya Masaoka: koto, electronics; Kaffe Matthews: electronics; DJ Mutamassik: turntables; Jeff Parker: electric guitar; George Lewis: trombone, laptop, buchla lighting.
Title: Sequel (For Lester Bowie) | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Intakt Records
Post a comment about this album
FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZAll About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.
WE NEED YOUR HELPTo expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.
About George Lewis
Instrument: TromboneArticle Coverage | Calendar | Albums | Photos | Similar Artists