234

Andrew Rathbun: Shadow Forms

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Andrew Rathbun: Shadow Forms After a series of challenging and complex recordings, saxophonist Andrew Rathbun gives us his "unplugged" album, minus the larger ensembles present on his earlier releases. The seven-piece Jade (FSNT, 2000) with vocalist Luciana Souza, the recording of Margaret Atwood's poetry on True Stories (Blue Moon, 2001), and even his quintet recording Sculptures (FSNT, 2002) with Kenny Wheeler focused more on writing, rather than his horn playing.

With Renderings: The Art Of The Duo (FSNT, 2006), a chamber jazz duet recording with George Colligan, and the nearly contemporaneous Shadow Forms, listeners can focus on Rathbun's outstanding horn work. This session sans piano is a masterwork of sound.

Rathbun is ably assisted here by drummer Jeff Hirshfield and bassist Scott Lee. This session reminds me of the "SteepleChase sound" and other sessions with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Billy Harper and Archie Shepp. Rathbun invited Boston legend George Garzone to sit in, and the pair trade tenor blasts on five tracks. The up-tempo opener, "Street Talk, catches your attention with flexing muscles and traded tenor jabs. This joy continues between the two on "Scatter Scott and the very sweet "Pass It On. The very somber "The Fall 9/11, by Scott Lee, is a soft upper-register discussion of questions raised and never answered in 2001.

Rathbun picks up his soprano saxophone for two tracks, "Two The Matt and "Herbie At Sixty, and clarinet on "Drewsie. These tracks showcase Rathbun's penchant for a more intimate playing. He reminds us that he is comfortable inside and out of the jazz medium.

The pared-down lineup in which Rathbun is presented here allows one to revisit his prior recordings with a clear perspective of his command of his instruments.

Track Listing: Street Talk:To the Matt; Scatter Scott; Drewsie; Pass It In; Herbie at Sixty; Ripple; This Fall 9/11; Elmo; Look Again; Fifteen Minute Drill; Onmo.

Personnel: Andrew Rathbun: tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinet, keyboards; George Garzone: tenor saxophone; Scott Lee: bass; Jeff Hirshfield: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: SteepleChase Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Dreamsville CD/LP/Track Review Dreamsville
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 26, 2017
Read April CD/LP/Track Review April
by Jerome Wilson
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Adam's Apple CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Small World CD/LP/Track Review Small World
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 26, 2017
Read High Time CD/LP/Track Review High Time
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read "Momentum" CD/LP/Track Review Momentum
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Troy Collins
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "Fellowship" CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "2468 West Grand Boulevard" CD/LP/Track Review 2468 West Grand Boulevard
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: December 27, 2016
Read "Out 'N' In" CD/LP/Track Review Out 'N' In
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

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!