All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Edward Simon with Afinidad & Imani Winds: Sorrows & Triumphs

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Pianist Edward Simon's sensitivity, eloquence, strength, and intelligence stand in full view throughout this gorgeous collection of material plucked from two different suites. "Sorrows and Triumphs," the older of the two, which draws inspiration from Simon's study of Buddhism, first surfaced in 2009. "House of Numbers," taking cues from numerology and weaving cross-cultural implications into its fabric, saw its debut in 2016. Here, four numbers from the latter, three from the former, and a wondrously flowing opener originally penned for the SFJAZZ Collective are mixed to create an alluring odyssey that has no obvious parallels beyond Simon's own world.

With Afinidad—the quartet of Simon, saxophonist David Binney, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade—serving as the core band, and guitarist Adam Rogers appearing, Sorrows & Triumphs will certainly draw comparisons to Afinidad (Red Records, 2001) and Océanos (Criss Cross, 2007), the two previous dates tapping those players. And with good reason. If Afinidad (Red Records, 2001) was the template, Océanos was the tidal expansion on the format, and this, of course, is the nuanced next step. With the Imani Winds threading its way into the minimalistic mix, alternating percussionists Rogerio Boccato and Luisito Quintero adding subtle spices here and there, Rogers refracting and harnessing light, and Gretchen Parlato supplying her inimitable vocal aura, Sorrows & Triumphs presents as the latest evolved chapter in this story.

"Incessant Desires" sets the album in motion in breathtaking fashion, highlighting the group's simpatico while also showcasing Binney and Rogers. Then Simon shifts gears, using Eastern intrigue as a launching pad and through line for a deeply grooving and hypnotic "Uninvited Thoughts" from "House Of Numbers." "Equanimity," from the title suite, follows, presenting a perfect musical representation of self-possession as Parlato's wordless vocals float atop a gentle sea.

As the album plays on, Simon works wonders with Zen-like atmospheres and rhythmic streams. "Triangle" taps into a mesmerizing vein; "Chant" and the album-closing "Rebirth" find Parlato's soothing tones and Colley's rounded bass carrying the day; "Venezuela Unida," which also appears in the SFJAZZ Collective's book, features the leader's most playfully compelling soloing and Binney's most expansive statement; and "Triumphs" mesmerizes, rising above and living up to its name.

We still have a long way to go in 2018, but this one is already staking its claim on the year-end lists. This easily ranks among Simon's finest work and the best of what's out there today.

Track Listing: Incessant Desires; Uninvited Thoughts; Equanimity; Triangle; Chant; Venezuela Unida; Triumphs; Rebirth.

Personnel: Edward Simon: piano, keyboards; David Binney: alto saxophone; Scott Colley: bass; Brian Blade: drums; Gretchen Parlato: vocals; Adam Rogers: guitars; Rogerio Boccato: percussion (tracks 3, 7); Luis Quintero: percussion (tracks 2, 4, 6); Imani WInds-Valerie Coleman: flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz: oboe; Monica Ellis: bassoon; Mark Dover: clarinet; Jeff Scott: French horn.

Title: Sorrows & Triumphs | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Equanimity

Equanimity

Edward Simon
Sorrows & Triumphs

The Cha Cha

The Cha Cha

Edward Simon
La Bikina

How Deep Is The Ocean

How Deep Is The Ocean

Edward Simon
Danny Boy

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Read more articles
Sorrows & Triumphs

Sorrows & Triumphs

Sunnyside Records
2018

buy
Latin American Songbook

Latin American...

Sunnyside Records
2017

buy
Agora

Agora

Simon Music Productions
2015

buy
Venezuelan Suite

Venezuelan Suite

Sunnyside Records
2014

buy
Edward Simon Trio: Live in New York at Jazz Standard

Edward Simon Trio:...

Sunnyside Records
2013

buy
Live in New York at Jazz Standard

Live in New York at...

Sunnyside Records
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Brothers CD/LP/Track Review
Brothers
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 24, 2018
Read The Fearless Flyers CD/LP/Track Review
The Fearless Flyers
by John Bricker
Published: September 24, 2018
Read Super Mood CD/LP/Track Review
Super Mood
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 24, 2018
Read Beheaded Totem CD/LP/Track Review
Beheaded Totem
by James Fleming
Published: September 24, 2018
Read New Hope CD/LP/Track Review
New Hope
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 23, 2018
Read The Nobuki Takamen Trio CD/LP/Track Review
The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2018
Read "Without A Trace" CD/LP/Track Review Without A Trace
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 7, 2018
Read "Takunde" CD/LP/Track Review Takunde
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 8, 2017
Read "Light in the Ring: The Ali Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Light in the Ring: The Ali Suite
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: June 7, 2018
Read "Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 (UK Edition)" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 (UK Edition)
by John Kelman
Published: March 30, 2018
Read "Criss Cross" CD/LP/Track Review Criss Cross
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 22, 2018
Read "Everybody Loves Angels" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody Loves Angels
by Henning Bolte
Published: October 26, 2017