All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Bobby Bradford / Frode Gjerstad Quartet: The Delaware River

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
This live date from Philadelphia in 2014 forms the seventh in a string of releases by the Bobby Bradford and Frode Gjerstad quartet. Their association dates back to 1986 when cornetist Bradford first encountered Norwegian reedman Gjerstad as part of co-operative group Detail, convened by drummer John Stevens. All of that experience shows in the relaxed but practiced concision as they navigate through four seat of the pants negotiations on this limited edition LP. It's one of their best showings since Through The Woods (CIMP, 1997), and shares similar qualities in its openness, organic evolution, and the close balance of playing and listening.

On cornet, Bradford's blues-infused lyricism and fanfares color the whole session. He favors short urgent phrases, mixing reveilles and folk imbued lines which are reminiscent of his old mentor Ornette Coleman. Gjerstad's longer drawn out legato on alto and clarinet veer between keening, yelping and querulous by turns. Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten maintains a thrumming undercurrent which both preserves a pulse and provides a steady commentary. Chicago-based drummer Frank Rosaly in this setting is a revelation. Although busy his combination of tappy rat-a-tat and timbral variation allows the music to breathe and doesn't obscure the contributions of his bandmates.

But at the heart of the concern is the winning contrast between Bradford rootedness and Gjerstad's abstraction. A quicksilver passage for a capella horns during "Delaware" illustrates the interaction perfectly. Elsewhere Rosaly and Bradford sound like they are channeling drums and bugle corps repertory, though in fragmented and extended format. In a surprising change of pace, the final "1965 Was Amazing" opens with disconcerting blues shouting in a frayed voice, uncredited but likely Bradford, shadowed by upper register pizzicato bass and Gjerstad's gentle alto which together intensify the air of vulnerability. A sequence of muted cornet and saxophone follows, once more communing in the conversational give and take which characterizes this splendid album.

Track Listing: Sailing Up The; Delaware; River In; 1965 Was Amazing.

Personnel: Bobby Bradford: cornet; Frode Gjerstad: alto saxophone, Bb clarinet; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: bass; Frank Rosaly: drums.

Title: The Delaware River | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records


comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Bop Stop

Bop Stop

Clean Feed Records

At Club 7

At Club 7

Not Two Records

The Delaware River

The Delaware River

NoBusiness Records

The Delaware River

The Delaware River

NoBusiness Records



Circulasione Totale


Related Articles

Read New Hope CD/LP/Track Review
New Hope
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 23, 2018
Read The Nobuki Takamen Trio CD/LP/Track Review
The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Light Of Love CD/LP/Track Review
Light Of Love
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Heaven Steps To Seven CD/LP/Track Review
Heaven Steps To Seven
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 23, 2018
Read In The Blue Light CD/LP/Track Review
In The Blue Light
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Dreams And Other Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Dreams And Other Stories
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2018
Read "Sunshine In My Head" CD/LP/Track Review Sunshine In My Head
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 14, 2018
Read "Tokyo 1981" CD/LP/Track Review Tokyo 1981
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 12, 2018
Read "Secret Passages" CD/LP/Track Review Secret Passages
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Disappeared Behind the Sun
by John Sharpe
Published: January 21, 2018
Read "Live At The Fillmore East 1968" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Fillmore East 1968
by Doug Collette
Published: April 22, 2018
Read "Undertones" CD/LP/Track Review Undertones
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 17, 2018