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.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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