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An album becomes an extraordinary work when it features playing that ventures beyond a category of art created simply to tickle the senses. Tenor saxophonist Jeff Marx' second album, Treading Air Breathing Fire , ponders metaphysical relations on an immense scale.
Most of the content takes the form of passionate dialogue between the four musicians, with Marx and pianist John Esposito leading the conversation with topics too intense for mere words. "Song of the Trees," the only tune not penned by Marx or Esposito, begins with an expansive introduction of piano and Peter O'Brien's drums that literally widens the magnitude of human reality. When Marx, who performed at Satalla last month with Reuben Hoch's Chassidic Jazz Project, plays a slow, deliberate melody over a frenzied piano, the sound seems to mimic the relationship of the planets moving through space at varying speeds, yet contributing to a single constant universe eternally in motion, forever expanding. Both Marx and Esposito have big, lush sounds and both play in a similar style, hashing out splats of notes interwoven with lustrous streams of consciousness that clench, not only with each other, but with O'Brien's drums and Ira Coleman's bass as well.
On the one live track, "Scare 'Em Stupid," O'Brien plays with a fantastically frantic aggression while Marx wildly churns out vibrantly diverse streams of notes. It's an Earth-shattering battle between horn and percussion that eventually simmers down to allow piano and bass to have their say. What they come up with is a dramatically intelligent debate containing a complex blend of time, meter and rhythm. When Coleman takes his solo we're reminded of the silent force of gravity and the beautiful stillness of dusk, as his skillful, clever voyage around the bass neck brings us back to a more Earthly state of mind.
Track Listing: 1. Times Change 2.Through a Glass Lightly 3. Treading Air
4. Scare 'Em Stupid (Live) 5. Song of the Trees 6. Desparate Measures
7. Forsaken 8. Zenobia
Personnel: Jeff Marx - Tenor Saxophone; John Esposito - piano; Ira Coleman - bass;
Peter O'Brien - drums
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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