11

U.S.E. Trio: Twilight

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
U.S.E. Trio: Twilight
Stealing conspiratorially under your feet, the dark balladry of Twilight speaks modal, stark, humorous. Then perhaps it recoils and rebuilds. Shifts shapes and defines. Says yes when it means no and vice versa. So, at the behest of their own slippery, interior curvature, U.S.E. Trio, saxophonist Andrew Urbina, drummer Matt Scaranoand bassist/leader Sandy Eldred, follow-up the enjambments of Impact (LabelWhoAble, 2020) with the rhizome like Twilight.

A boisterous, worthy successor, Twilght opens with "Tonal Gravity," and maybe your first thought isn't damn that's a good one! But what is tonal gravity anyway but the emanations from the first seven tones of the Lydian mode? Or maybe it isn't. Who's to say? Isn't that why we find ourselves where we are?

That question and all other pending emergencies are what render the insistence in Urbina's cry. Constantly in motion, Urbina veers from one jig-saw elliptical to the next, playing off and against the added flex of Scarano and Eldred's pandemic-timed trampoline. There's a sonorous urgency to Urbina's voice but also an athletic humor. And he needs it as the rhythms distend and eddy. Modify and bend. Take you 4/4 to the precipice then vaporize. And that's just the second track and the title one.

"Hooray!" bounces into being, but there's a pensive shade to Eldred's percolation. Like dancing with one eye on your partner and the other on the exits. "Before the Dawn" proves Scarano has a rock 'n' roll heart at his center but will cut time either way. Besides, all three are readily conversant and multilingual. It makes for mystery and mayhem. It makes for many repeated imaginings.

Track Listing

Tonal Gravity; Twilight; Hooray!; June; Before the Dawn; The Black Sea

Personnel

Sandy Eldred: bass; Andrew Urbina: saxophone, alto; Matt Scarano: drums.

Album information

Title: U.S.E. Trio - Twilight | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: LabelWhoAble

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Secret Suite
Nick Lombardelli
The One And The Other
Lara Solnicki
Flatbosc & Cautery
Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Wilbert de...
Shuffling Ivories
Roberto Magris
Kinetic
Steven Feifke Big Band
Sogni D’oro
Berlin Mallet Group
Light as a Word
Remy Le Boeuf
Love is the Key
Sue Maskaleris

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.