All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

194

The Joel Futterman - Ike Levin Duo: The Present Gift

Glenn Astarita By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
This release represents a follow up to the artists’ 2000 trio effort featuring bassist, Randall Hunt. With this outing we find saxophonist, Ike Levin, and pianist/saxophonist, Joel Futterman enjoying a discernible comfort zone via their often-emotive call and response type exchanges and adventurous fabrications. Moreover, this production sports extraordinary sonic characteristics, where every subtlety and nuance shines through in crystalline splendor.

Known as a versatile avant-garde jazz pianist, whose Cecil Taylor influences cannot be underestimated, Joel Futterman also performs on the curved soprano saxophone, while utilizing a wooden Indian flute on, “Arrival.” Futterman’s multitasking abilities surface on more than one occasion. At times, he toggles between piano and curved saxophone as the instrumentalists frequently take turns commandeering the various storylines.

They taper the proceedings down in spots, while Levin’s muscular attack and breezy lines complements Futterman’s circuitous developments. On “The Gift,” Futterman lays down a lower register ostinato groove amid Levin’s darting choruses and animated inflections. Here, lucid imagery abounds as the twosome subsidizes all of the excitement via a series of spontaneously rendered micro-themes. Recommended.

Information: Drbebopp@aol.com


Track Listing: 1.Night Owl 2.Respite 3.Horizon 4.Arrival 5.Pathway 6.Eternal 7.The Present 8.The Gift 9.Observation 10.Remembering 11.Dream 12.Tasty 13.Coolin

Personnel: Joel Futterman: piano, curved soprano saxophone, and wooden Indian flute

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: IML Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Traveling Through Now
Traveling Through Now
Charles Lester Music
2009
buy
[no cover]
Possibilities
Ear-Rational Records
2006
buy
Enigma
Enigma
Charles Lester Music
2006
buy
Live at the Noe Valley Ministry
Live at the Noe...
IML Music
2003
buy
Lifeline
Lifeline
IML Music
2002
buy
InterView
InterView
IML Music
2001
buy
Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor
piano
Paul Bley Paul Bley
piano
Fred Anderson Fred Anderson
saxophone
Frank Wright Frank Wright
sax, tenor
Dave Burrell Dave Burrell
piano
John Tchicai John Tchicai
saxophone
Sonny Simmons Sonny Simmons
sax, alto

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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