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Three giants of modern jazz improvisation provide some enlightenment by way of a bass-less trio consisting of two drummers and woodwinds. Drummers Don Robinson and Scott Amendola pursue snappy dialogue awash with melodic, polyrhythmic-based exchanges. Whereas, reedman Larry Ochs leads this multifaceted exposition through an over-the-top approach to the drummers’ swarming frameworks and swirling support mechanisms. They elicit notions of dance, albeit abstractly. Yet the musicians maintain a loose stride as they slice and dice through a musical forest consisting of tribal rhythms and complex discourses. Throughout, Ochs serves as the conductor atop the rhythm section’s rumbling forays. Moreover, the saxophonist’s twisting lines and sinewy mode of attack adds an element of intrigue to this program. The presentation, when viewed as a singular whole, contains substance! Not just a meaningless cutting session, but more of a focused endeavor, featuring the players’ acutely organized fabrics of sound that go straight to the heart. Recommended...
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.