At times, it seems difficult to fathom that Brazilian saxophone titan Ivo Perelman's collaboration with the Sirius String Quartet is totally improvised. And while improvisation is a principle component of the saxophonist's extensive and variegated discography, an unusually high synergistic force amid the artists' underlying tenacity offers a template for success. As the album comprises intense, avant-garde dialogues subsided by temperate or investigative flows, the string quartet often mimics Perelman's commanding, tremolo-tinged dialogues and brutish flurries.
"Part 4," opens with Perelman's burly attack, designed with wily phrasings and supple, soul-searching notes. He establishes a paradigm from the onset, yielding a framework that conveys pathos, lucid imagery and invokes notions of a puzzling series of circumstances. The strings section encircles, responds, and mirrors Perelman's refracting choruses in concert with a few softly woven subplots. It's a piece that poses streaming, contrapuntal passages and yearning notes, perhaps alluding to man's willful quest for the truth. Glowing imagery is a powerful component that prefaces the artists' spontaneous interactions and quick-witted evolutionary processes.
Personnel: Ivo Perelman: tenor saxophone. Sirius Quartet: Gregor Huebner: violin; Fung Chern Hwei: violin; Ron Lawrence: viola; Jeremy Harman: cello.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.