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“The Place” signifies a London theater where pianist, Chris Burn, and his ensemble, featuring an assemblage of noteworthy British free-jazz/improvising artists, performed these compositions during the “Crosswinds” festival. The opener “Presponse,” elicits notions of an avant-garde or offbeat Sci-Fi thriller due to a series of fragmented themes and brazenly stated undercurrents by saxophonist John Butcher, flutist, Jim Denley and the strings section. Furthermore, Burn renders some relatively eerie statements via his utilization of a toy piano.
In the liners, Burn mentions that Keith Rowe’s “Pollock#82,” represents “ the first time that a composer outside of Ensemble had written a piece for the group. Here, the musicians pursue mischievous evolvement, propelled by nimbly plucked strings, Butcher’s raspy-throated sax lines, and a volley of whimsically inclined call and response type exhanges. Saxophonist, Evan Parker appears on the final cut, “Blocks And Arches,” which is a work featuring circular motifs, flickering notes or as my attentive grandson stated, “the movement of cartoon-like characters” or “the sound of something spinning.” Thus, music of this ilk disproves any notions of barriers, or perhaps anything that might intimate a finite conclusion. 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.