These distinguished artists performed together with pioneering saxophonist, composer Anthony Braxton's epic 80s ensembles amid other ensuing collaborations. Over time, drummer Gerry Hemingway and pianist Marilyn Crispell have gravitated towards the upper echelon of the so-called 'new jazz' outlook, as Table of Changes provides a glowing snapshot of their Europe 2013 tour. Moreover, the album extends various persuasions evidenced on their previous duo album Affinities (Intakt, 2011).
Their nonpareil kinship is an underlying factor via spontaneous improvisation, structure and stimulating mechanics, especially when they regenerate themes with undulating flows, iridescent hues and capricious dialogues. Each track was composed by the duo, other than Cole Porter's time-honored standard "Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye," where Crispell unleashes several bars of capacious block chords. Essentially, she's microscopically and gingerly building the primary theme from its inherent roots, offset by Hemingway's delicate use of small percussion implements. Crafty and quietly eloquent, the musicians launch this piece with a geometric slant.
Crispell announces the principle melody line with the utmost care and flourishes towards the upper-registers during the bridge section, as Hemingway kicks it up a notch with his peppery brushwork, collectively posing notions of forlorn love, enacted with vastly imaginative characteristics.
Marilyn Crispell: piano; Gerry Hemingway: drums, percussion, vibraphone.
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