All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

38

Thollem / Parker / Cline: The Gowanus Sessions

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Lives"

Glaring expressionism coupled with rip-roaring layers of acoustic-electric sound-sculpting maneuvers yield the bountiful fruit on this manifold studio date. When guitarist Nels Cline isn't tearing it up with the popular alt-rock band Wilco, he's knee-deep in progressive-jazz, free-form experimental and jazz-rock formats. He's catapulted to the upper echelon of modern guitarists, paralleling the colossal faculties of bassist William Parker and pianist Thollem McDonas.

Parker has been a perennial driving force behind the reshaping of jazz along with the improvisational paradigms that follow, and generates a propulsive yet, at times, pensive undertow on the sixteen-minute "Lives." As McDonas kicks it off with a loosely organized series of trickling ethereal notes, insinuating a spiritual perimeter of sorts.

The artists align their wares via a feeling out process, energized by Cline's note-bending exercises and strings scraping techniques, leading to a spiraling improvisational fest, designed with overlapping statements and intense three-way conversations. Lucid imagery remains a continuum as the trio's linear onslaughts intimate harrowing backdrops, abetted by Parker's creaky and ominously designed phrasings

"Lives" vividly mimics the human condition for all of its ups and downs, while showcasing this trio's striking creativity and soul-probing modalities.

Personnel: Thollem McDonas: piano; William Parker: bass; Nels Cline: electric guitar.

Title: The Gowanus Sessions | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Porter Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Bian

Bian

Thollem McDonas
Estamos Trio: People's Historia

Hinges

Hinges

Thollem McDonas
Magimc: Polishing the Mirror

Mind Control Free For All

Mind Control Free For All

Thollem McDonas
Dub Narcotic Session

In Return to It All Once Again

In Return to It All Once Again

Thollem McDonas
On Debussy's Piano And...

as there are

as there are

Thollem McDonas
Thollem/Parker/Cline: The...

Between Our World Is Seen

Between Our World Is Seen

Thollem McDonas
The View From Up

For All Those Yet To Come

For All Those Yet To Come

Thollem McDonas
Gone Beyond Reason To Find One

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Meeting At The Parting Place

Meeting At The...

Odradek Records
2017

buy
Meeting At The Parting Place

Meeting At The...

Odradek Records
2016

buy
Conformity Contortion

Conformity Contortion

New Atlantis Records
2014

buy
The View From Up

The View From Up

Setola di Maiale
2014

buy
Michael Snow and Thollem McDonas: Live at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Michael Snow and...

Edgetone Records
2014

buy
Thollem/Robair: Trio Music Minus One

Thollem/Robair: Trio...

Setola di Maiale
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Begin the Agora CD/LP/Track Review
Begin the Agora
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Time Like This CD/LP/Track Review
Time Like This
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Under One Moon CD/LP/Track Review
Under One Moon
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Doubles, Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Doubles, Vol. 1
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Outsidethebox CD/LP/Track Review
Outsidethebox
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 16, 2018
Read There Are Stars In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review
There Are Stars In Brooklyn
by James Fleming
Published: October 16, 2018
Read "Outer Song" CD/LP/Track Review Outer Song
by Patrick Burnette
Published: September 28, 2018
Read "GRANITE" CD/LP/Track Review GRANITE
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 22, 2018
Read "The Songbook Project" CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Project
by Don Phipps
Published: January 18, 2018
Read "Los Vínculos" CD/LP/Track Review Los Vínculos
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: August 1, 2018
Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" CD/LP/Track Review Seymour Reads The Constitution!
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 24, 2018
Read "Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: December 9, 2017