Oregon-based musician and educator Hashem Assadullahi introduces a wealth of attention-grabbing points of view into this quintet date, featuring eminent trumpeter Ron Miles. It's a democratic, group-focused modus operandi, spinning with variable harmonic and rhythmic underpinnings, where Assadullahi is more concerned with compositional depth and use of space. Still, the soloists receive ample breathing room to improvise and engage in thematic expansion.
On "Hypothesis BThe Wildflower," the quintet merges a sense of quietude via Justin Morell's simple guitar chords atop warm and layered horns, dappled with drummer Jason Palmer's accenting cymbal swashes. Here and throughout, the musicians render kaleidoscopic frameworks amid thrusting rhythms, concise unison lines, bluesy patterns, swing and tango to coincide with the intermittent sojourn into the freer realm. In addition, Morell turns up the heat in spots with jazz-fusion phrasings as the band pursues a mix bag of novel ideas and cleverly articulated contrasts. Assadullahi injects quite a bit of pop and sizzle into the program to complement the temperate moments and memorably melodic hooks. Yet, his animated and whispery soprano sax choruses on "Stale Fortune," rides above a soft swing pulse and drifting motifs.
Miles is a strong foil for both Assadullahi and Morell. Nonetheless, Assadullahi's complex musical persona yields numerous dividends on this multifarious engagement, where jazz music is presented with a medley of captivating propositions.
Track Listing: Hypothesis A - The Feign; Hypothesis B - The Widower; Hypothesis C - The
Geneticist; Hypothesis D - The Gossip; Hypothesis E - The Mayor; Strange
Neighbor; O; NEAR... far... Stale Fortune; Lonely Llama (confiscated
Personnel: Hashem Assadullahi: alto and soprano saxophones; Ron Miles: G trumpet;
Justin Morell: guitar; Josh Tower: acoustic bass; Jason Palmer: drum
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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