One of the founding members of the widely acclaimed “String Trio of New York, bassist John Lindberg has also performed with a who’s who of modern jazz stars, besides leading his own ensembles over the years. This release features the artist’s two extended compositions that skirt the fringes of contemporary classical, avant-garde and jazz improvisation. Lindberg’s first suite-like piece was commissioned and composed back in 1986 while his 2001-penned work “Basement of Desires,” follows a similar structural path.
Lindberg is recognized for his near Herculean attributes evidenced by his work with modern jazz VIPs such as multi-reedman Anthony Braxton, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff and others. With that said, this strings based effort featuring the “Ann Arbor Strings Quartet,” offers a variegated glimpse of Lindberg’s wide-ranging musical aspirations. These multipart movements feature booming ostinatos and contrasting tonalities amid an altogether layered approach. A few of these episodes are relatively austere in sound and scope yet Lindberg periodically lashes out into free form jazz style romps whether he’s viciously plucking or bowing his bass strings. A distinct sense of motion prevails throughout! The musicians cover quite a bit of musical terrain, via weaving textures, march-like progressions, and poignant choruses. On “Basement of Desires part II,” Lindberg crafts solemn overtures and intricately devised walking bass patterns. No doubt, the bassist is a full-fledged virtuoso, although the overall magnitude and complexity of this program may warrant repeated listens. As a result, Two By Five makes for a uniquely rewarding musical experience. Recommended...
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.