Trombonist Reut Regev moved to New York City from Israel in 1998, and soon began working with Anthony Braxton, Frank London and Butch Morris. Her newest band is R*Time, a quartet that concentrates almost entirely on her original material. She is joined by drummer Igal Foni, bassist Brad Jones and guitarist David Phelps, the latter employing a large range of mood-altering effects boxes. Percussionist Eddie Bobé guests on two tracks.
The opening "Swill" establishes the album's highly pneumatic hectic urban bustle, busily driving into a dramatic theme. Regev is a staccato attacker, playing detailed constructions at high speed against a backdrop of sour guitar riffing and wildly skittering drums. The division is sometimes smeared between so-called jazz solos and a jamband-style propulsive motion. Melody is often taken for a loosened solo run, while solos might contain more than the usual amount of tune content. On "Hula Hula," Regev glides smoothly over a bouncing-bomb groove, but can switch in an instant from gentle enunciation to a brashly blasting outburst. "Nutcase Scenario" offers expressive space for the drums and guitar, with the latter taking on a sitar shimmer for "Balibalaila."
There are stretches where Regev sounds similar to Bruce Fowler with Captain Beefheat's Magic Band, particularly when she's cart-wheeling around a Phelps scratch-riff. "Clean Dirt" is somehow reminiscent of a Charlie Haden atmosphere, followed by the disorientated King Crimson pugilism of "True Story."
Track Listing: Swill; Hula Hula; Nutcase Scenario;
Balibalaila; Some Of The Best Fish Are Alive;
Faradise; Elephant Steps; Clean Dirt; True
Personnel: Reut Regev: trombone (1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9), flugabone(3, 7), congas (5, 6); David Phelps: guitars; Brad Jones: upright bass (2, 4-6, 8), electric bass (1, 3, 7, 9); Igal Foni: drums and percussion; Eddie Bobe: congas (4), bongos (6).
There is a freedom and a sense of exhilaration in Jazz that is not found in any other music. Jazz is about finding freedom and a personal voice within a structure, and that is what
appeals to me most. I had a late start in jazz.
I was first exposed to jazz without any formal training by watching videos of Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Thelonious Monk in my 20's.
Later, I met Ahmad Jamal, Kenny Werner, Chick Corea, Martial Solal, Bernard Maury, Fred Hersh, Barry Harris, among many other musicians over the years.
The first jazz record I
bought was Keith Jarrett, The Melody at Night, with You and it is still one of the solo piano masterpiece in my view.
My advice to new listeners... Just enjoy it!
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