All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

137

Ron Horton: Subtextures

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Trumpeter/flugelhornist Ron Horton came onto my radar—floating on a cloud, it seemed—on Andrew Hill's Dusk (Palmetto, 2000). His solo on that disc's stunningly beautiful title track drifted and roiled with a understated, dreamy poetic grace, a song within a song, a personalized expansion of Hill's theme. The approach on Subtextures is much the same.

The recording opens with an Andrew Hill composition, "Cantarnos," and includes four Horton originals; a Chopin piece; pianist Frank Kimbrough's "Rumors"; and Horton's take on an early chorale work by Messiaen.

Horton employs all-star accompaniment here: pianist Frank Kimbrough ( Quickening, Omnitone, 2004), bassist Ben Allison ( Peace Pipe, Palmetto, 2002), and drummer Matt Wilson ( Humidity, Palmetto, 2003), a group that interacts with with intimacy and imagination. Horton—on his own compositions as well as on the covers—tells stories in a beautifully oblique way that walks a fine line between free and more mainstream sounds. Melody reigns, but the trumpeter and his bandmates approach it from curves and angles, giving the music a very open feel. Open but still accessible.

"O Sacrum Convivium" (Messiaen) rides a cushion of introspection with a subtle insistence, while the title tune churns with a persuasive and gradually building, propulsive drive. "Mutability" fits into the Miles Davis mid-sixties mode with its drive and sharper edges. "Malaby," for tenor sax man Tony Malaby, holds a tint of darker "subtextures," featuring some of drummer Wilson's and bassist Allison's most interesting work on the disc, followed by Frank Kimbrough's intricately angular piano solo.

All in all, a cohesive band creating an interesting and off-center set of sounds.

Visit Fresh Sound Records on the web at www.freshsoundrecords.com .

Track Listing: Cantarnos, Malaby, Ruminations, Subtextures, O Sacrum Convivium, Rumors, Mutability, Etude

Personnel: Ron Horton--trumpet and flugelhorn; Frank Kimbrough--piano; Ben Allison--bass; Matt Wilson--drums

Title: Subtextures | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Bring It On

Bring It On

Ron Horton
Everything In A Dream

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
It's A Gadget World...

It's A Gadget World...

Abeat Records
2009

buy
Everything In A Dream

Everything In A Dream

Fresh Sound New Talent
2006

buy
Subtextures

Subtextures

Fresh Sound New Talent
2004

buy

Related Articles

Read My Singing Fingers CD/LP/Track Review
My Singing Fingers
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Ain't It Grand? CD/LP/Track Review
Ain't It Grand?
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 25, 2018
Read If Not Now, When? CD/LP/Track Review
If Not Now, When?
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Perfectly Unhappy CD/LP/Track Review
Perfectly Unhappy
by Gareth Thompson
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Sorrows & Triumphs CD/LP/Track Review
Sorrows & Triumphs
by Jerome Wilson
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Half Light CD/LP/Track Review
Half Light
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 24, 2018
Read "Mercerville" CD/LP/Track Review Mercerville
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 31, 2017
Read "In Stride" CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: March 26, 2018
Read "Sun Ra Plays Gershwin" CD/LP/Track Review Sun Ra Plays Gershwin
by Chris May
Published: March 12, 2018
Read "Reimagined" CD/LP/Track Review Reimagined
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "Here Comes the Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Here Comes the Sun
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 6, 2018
Read "Paint" CD/LP/Track Review Paint
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 16, 2017