122

Chris Burn Ensemble: The Place 1991

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
“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!

EMANEM


Track Listing: 1. Presponse 2. The Piano Ate Card 3. Pollock #82 4. Southern Samba A Go-Go 5. Hammer Hint 6. Blocks And Arches

Personnel: Jim Denley: piccolo, flute, bass flute

Title: The Place 1991 | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Emanem


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Cherry ‎– Sakura CD/LP/Track Review Cherry ‎– Sakura
by John Sharpe
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Blow, Strike & Touch CD/LP/Track Review Blow, Strike & Touch
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read "Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello" CD/LP/Track Review Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
by John Eyles
Published: July 11, 2017
Read "Rediscovered Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 29, 2017
Read "Tipico" CD/LP/Track Review Tipico
by James Nadal
Published: January 12, 2017
Read "Rising Grace" CD/LP/Track Review Rising Grace
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Pletter På Solen" CD/LP/Track Review Pletter På Solen
by Nick Davies
Published: June 30, 2017
Read "Prototype" CD/LP/Track Review Prototype
by Jeff Winbush
Published: April 13, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.