Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

200

String Theory: Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder & If You Should Go

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count








The Dom Minasi String Quartet
Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Konnex Records
2009


Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult
If You Should Go
Cadence Jazz Records
2008




Guitarist Dom Minasi first assembled his string quartet with Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Tomas Ulrich (cello) and Ken Filiano (bass), so that he could play music from his acclaimed The Vampire's Revenge (CDM, 2006) live. However, while Minasi allows ample room, it is within the framework of through-composed pieces, made up of interlocking four-part arrangements, reminiscent of a classical string quartet. On "The Pasadena Two Step," Minasi makes full use of his formidable resources, interweaving varying combinations with the full ensemble, including a splendid duet for assertive guitar and mercurial violin. At times an austere chamber quality prevails, but it is lightened by a strong rhythmic conception, whereby a motif is passed around on the sprightly "Tumorology" or the unison lines of "Zing, Zang, Zoom!" "Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder" is a great title, well served by the spicy kaleidoscopic brew it signifies and one, like this entire album, from which the listener can draw sustenance for multiple sittings.

Ulrich makes his leadership debut on If You Should Go, recording what was actually the first live performance of his trio Cargo Cult. Perhaps due to both the compact instrumentation and the newness of the ensemble, there is a lot of space for individual expression. After the leader's splintered banshee wails, "The Last to Know" introduces the band with Ulrich's stately theme framing a panoramic arco feature from bassist Michael Bisio and a fast picking guitar excursion by Rolf Sturm over a somber cello and bass backcloth. Ulrich's aerobatics also feature prominently on Sturm's romantically lush "Rains End" while Bisio steps out in a passionate pizzicato spot on the same piece, but elsewhere anchors the trio. On Ulrich's aching title track, Sturm fashions chiming runs, bent notes and volume swells into winning garb, cushioned by the rich harmonies. Though the up-close recording amply registers the sheer physicality of strings against wood, it sometimes captures audience noise too, making a studio date the hopeful next stop for this virtuoso unit.


Tracks and Personnel

Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Tracks: The Pasadena Two Step; The Dark Side; Green! Green! They're Green!; Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder; Slow Dance In The Bottomless Pit; Tumorology; Zing, Zang, Zoom!.

Personnel: Dom Minasi: acoustic guitar; Jason Kao Hwang : violin; Ken Filiano: double bass; Tomas Ulrich: cello.

If You Should Go

Tracks: The Last to Know; So Do You; Rains End; Existential Fragility; If You Should Go

Personnel: Tomas Ulrich: cello; Rolf Sturm: electric & acoustic guitar; Michael Bisio: bass.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money Multiple Reviews Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money
by Doug Collette
Published: December 29, 2017
Read Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation Multiple Reviews Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 27, 2017
Read Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa Multiple Reviews Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney Multiple Reviews The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute)...
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile Multiple Reviews Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile
by Doug Collette
Published: December 17, 2017
Read The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble, et. al Multiple Reviews The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble,...
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read "Joe Rosenberg's Ensembles" Multiple Reviews Joe Rosenberg's Ensembles
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 2, 2017
Read "Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space" Multiple Reviews Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out" Multiple Reviews Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out
by Chris Mosey
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "New, Notable and Nearly Missed" Multiple Reviews New, Notable and Nearly Missed
by Phil Barnes
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" Multiple Reviews Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 12, 2017
Read "Two Sides of John Wetton" Multiple Reviews Two Sides of John Wetton
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 20, 2017