This is an impressive record composed of ten improvised tracks whose titles are inspired by the work of Paul Klee. Klee, a Swiss cubist painter, may be relatively unknownas is gifted guitarist David Tronzoand what the artfully omitted subordinate clause of the album's first track might say is unclear, but it's helpful to know the first, important to know the second and hopelessly imperative to know the latter.
Although there are several tracks that have bits that sound like hesitant drumming, there are two tracks that actually name-drop the instrument in their titles, "Amateur Drummer" and "Light Drum Roll." "Amateur Drummer" is a clever, chromatic track. It begins with the tempered crescendo of a storm, erupting into an angry, grungy bit. There are dissonances throughout, but these work because there is a certain braveness about allowing the music to take form as it does, although there are moments where the trio pulls back to create structure. But there are no drums. We know this as listeners, because we know this album has no drums, because we see names of musicians whose relationship to instruments we know well, because we know these titles are less explanatory and more revelatory. But knowing all this makes it no less satisfying to hear, for example, Giacomo Merega's beautiful bass notes sound like a drumming heartbeat. Merega, in fact, accompanies Tronzo with apparent ease and dexterity and the chameleonic quality of his playing matches Tronzo's throughout the record. Noah Kaplan's saxophone plays a less radical role, but it is meditative and elegiac, notably in "Rhythmic Landscape with Trees"; even when the sax is in the background, subdued, it communicates a wild tenderness that coaxes listeners to feel the encompassed emotional range. This is a record packed with background and metaphor, none with which the listener must be familiar, because the music within conveys a radiant emotionality.
Track Listing: Once Emerged in the Grey of Night; Amateur Drummer; Destruction and Hope; Red Balloon; Figire in the Garden; With theGreen Rectangle; Rhythmic Landscape with Trees; Light Drum Roll; Drawing with the Fermata; Chorale and Landscape.
Personnel: Giacomo Merega: electric bass, prepared bass; David Tronzo: electric guitar, prepared guitar; Noah Kaplan: tenor and soprano saxophone.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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