111

Spring Heel Jack: The Sweetness of the Water

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Spring Heel Jack: The Sweetness of the Water John Coxon and Ashley Wales (together known as Spring Heel Jack) have stirred the stimulus of several musicians, their bed of bass and drums and electronics being the take-off point. They do so once more with their fourth outing in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series, this time with the indelibly persuasive presence of Wadada Leo Smith and regular cohort Evan Parker.

The music here is completely improvised, a perfect setup for some provocative twists and turns, as it evolves in the sphere of freedom and settles very comfortably in a structured realm as well. Inventiveness casts its spell within these two ambits.

One of the most stunning tracks comes in the radiance of “Autumn.” The rich hues of Coxon’s hymnal organ set the tone, and then Smith delves into it, long lustrous lines that shimmer in their intensity before they curl and beckon Wales, who provides a thick, velvet drape for the trumpet to bounce off. Change is shaded and in that subtlety a magical resonance is created. “Track One” offers a sparser landscape. In its quiet permutations, the unhurried piano makes good use of space to lay down notes while Coxon exudes calm with his laid back harmonica. Smith hammers at that fabric with flinty shards, triggering dramatic impulses that give the tune a fulsome body.

Smith is the one who often creates interesting pathways. His trumpet is the herald and the diviner. But Parker must be given his due. His soprano floats with a lovely delicacy on “Inlet,” the meditative feel abetted by the arco of John Edwards. And then as he builds tension slowly but surely on “Quintet”; the others, particularly Mark Sanders, who makes adept use of the brushes and cymbals, reach in and play off each other to intense effect.

Visit Thirsty Ear on the web.


Track Listing: Track Four; Quintet; Lata; Duo; Track One; Inlet; Track Two; Autumn

Personnel: John Coxon

Title: The Sweetness Of The Water | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read The Bug CD/LP/Track Review The Bug
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Sing Me Some Cry CD/LP/Track Review Sing Me Some Cry
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Masters In Bordeaux CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017
Read On Parade In Parede CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "Forage" CD/LP/Track Review Forage
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "The Company I Keep" CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 9, 2017
Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "I Just Did Say Something" CD/LP/Track Review I Just Did Say Something
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "Dreaming With Eyes Wide Awake" CD/LP/Track Review Dreaming With Eyes Wide Awake
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Henry" CD/LP/Track Review Henry
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 1, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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