All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

8

Gary Peacock: Tangents

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
Throughout his storied career, bassist/composer Gary Peacock has gone a long way to make the bass an emotive and compelling solo instrument. Yet, when one looks back on—or better yet—listens back to the myriad of great recordings he has given us both as a sideman and leader, it is his emphatic, soul-intuitive, work within the piano trio format that makes us grateful. Think Bill Evans's '64 Verve debut Trio64. While ruminating in '64, listen to Peacock's exemplary work on Paul Bley's Turning Point. Jump ahead several decades to Amaryllis, an extremely rewarding and breathtaking 2000 release with Marilyn Crispell. And of course his vibrant, defining work with Keith Jarrett At the Deer Head Inn, The Cure, The Out-of- Towners, Tokyo '96 ...the list goes on.)

So it comes as no surprise that Tangents, a most visceral and poetic affair, wraps around the listener and intimately places him/her in the present while pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron lock into conversations that wind, reveal, and break free. "Contact" the fluid, Peacock-penned opener, comes to its grace slowly as the bassist and pianist feel each other out, then as Baron finds his place and piece takes flight. Baron's "Cauldron" at first appears to be searching for direction, then finds its tight focus. Copland, whose subtlety and suppleness opens to any harmonic possibility, is absolutely on his game with the elongated, free form "Empty Forest," and the restive, yet imagistic renderings of two Bill Evans' treasures "Blue On Green" and the cinematic "Spartacus." "Rumblin'" is an especially bouncy and earthy dance while the revisit of Peacock's "December Greenwings" allows ample airspace for each player to find something new. Another quiet triumph.

Track Listing: Contact; December Greenwings; Tempei Tempo; Cauldron; Spartacus; Empty Forest; Blue in Green; Rumblin; Talkin’ Blues; In and Out; Tangents.

Personnel: Gary Peacock: double-bass; Marc Copland: piano; Joey Baron: drums.

Title: Tangents | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: ECM Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Tangents

Tangents

ECM Records
2017

buy
Now This

Now This

ECM Records
2015

buy
Azure

Azure

ECM Records
2013

buy
Insight

Insight

Pirouet Records
2009

buy
 

Just So Happens

Double Moon Records
1994

buy

Related Articles

Read Ancestros CD/LP/Track Review
Ancestros
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 18, 2018
Read The Bitter Suite CD/LP/Track Review
The Bitter Suite
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 18, 2018
Read Ornettiquette CD/LP/Track Review
Ornettiquette
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 18, 2018
Read The Astral Revelations CD/LP/Track Review
The Astral Revelations
by John Sharpe
Published: November 18, 2018
Read The Sound Of The Earth CD/LP/Track Review
The Sound Of The Earth
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2018
Read Return to the Future CD/LP/Track Review
Return to the Future
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 17, 2018
Read "20" CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 20, 2018
Read "Never Bet The Devil Your Head" CD/LP/Track Review Never Bet The Devil Your Head
by Don Phipps
Published: April 2, 2018
Read "My Muse" CD/LP/Track Review My Muse
by Peter Hoetjes
Published: October 28, 2018
Read "All Melody" CD/LP/Track Review All Melody
by Phil Barnes
Published: March 23, 2018
Read "Fat Daddy" CD/LP/Track Review Fat Daddy
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 19, 2018