The title is, presumably, a nod to "Ceci, C'est Ne Pas Une Pipe," the phrase which Rene Magritte wrote on his famous painting La Trahison Des Images
. The painting wasn't, of course, a pipe, just a painting of a pipe. This Is Not A Pipe
isn't a pipe eitherit isn't even a painting of a pipe. So what is it? Alto saxophonist Alexander McCabe and pianist Paul Odeh
have the answerit's a recording of eight tunes, three standards and five originals.
Okay, that's a rather prosaic if factually correct description. More importantly, it's a recording of an alto/piano duo that's full of musical ideas and eminently capable of bringing those ideas to fruition, a duo whose regular weekly gigs have given McCabe and Odeh a deep understanding of each other's playing. The result is a free-flowing exchange that, coupled with the excellent sound quality, feels like a live performance even though it was recorded in McCabe's own studio.
"Friday's Good" is the album's most straightforward tune, a 12-bar blues that barrels along at a fair old pace, Odeh providing a punchy rhythm over which McCabe blows his alto with gusto. At the other extreme, the mid-section of "This Is Not A Pipe" begins as a brief but frenetic exchange, each instrument chasing and being chased in turn.
In between, the duo moves between fast re-interpretations of bop classics (Gigi Gryce
's "Minority," full of dynamism and energy), spacious reflection (McCabe's "Penny's Way") and silky, sweet-natured, tunes (Odeh's "Daphne's Song," McCabe's "Miss Maritza"). Whatever the pace, however complex the structures, McCabe and Odeh never sound hurried or tense, a testament to their experience as a duo and their mutual understanding as musicians.
Track Listing: Miss Maritza; It Could Happen to You; Penny's Way; Emily; This Is Not A
Pipe; Friday's Good; Daphne's Song; Minority.
Personnel: Alexander McCabe: alto saxophone; Paul Odeh: piano.
Title: This Is Not A Pipe
| Year Released: 2014
| Record Label: Wamco Music