All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

128

Ernesto Diaz-Infante: Ucross Journal

Jim Santella By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
It’s an interesting concept. Let the piano chords paint images for you and ignore most of the other elements that make music what it is. Tonal relationships offer impressions. Most of us agree on the various moods that can be portrayed. A happy-go-lucky stroll through daisy-covered fields? No problem. The impending violence that issues from a demonic winter storm? Easy.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s latest album follows the pattern of his itz’at in that he provides only sustained piano chords throughout the program. They’re repeated, arpeggiated, altered, given plenty of time for the impression to sink in, and then it’s time for another snapshot. The inspiration comes from Diaz-Infante’s residency at The Ucross Foundation in Ucross, Wyoming. Dividing his journal into 30 tracks to represent different aspects of the wide-open rural landscape, the composer deals with impressions common to all of us. High plains, rolling fields, a winding creek, rutted roads, gray skies, and new fallen snow offer the same distinct mental pictures to all of us. Similarly, the pianist’s impressionistic offering gives the listener a relationship that is familiar to all. A creative artist, Diaz-Infante relates to the listener through a specific but familiar means. A brief biography is available over the ‘net.


Track Listing: Ucross Journal Weeks I-IV; Ucross Improvisations I-V.

Personnel: Ernesto Diaz-Infante- piano.

| Record Label: Pax Recordings | Style: Fringes of Jazz


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
[no cover]
Our Faceless Empire
Tzadik
2010
buy
[no cover]
All The States Between
Tzadik
2004
buy
[no cover]
A Barren Place Of...
Tzadik
2004
buy
Sirius Intrigues
Sirius Intrigues
Zzaj Productions
2003
buy
[no cover]
Solus
Tzadik
2000
buy
William Parker William Parker
bass, acoustic
Evan Parker Evan Parker
sax, tenor
Satoko Fujii Satoko Fujii
piano
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
sax, soprano
Joe McPhee Joe McPhee
reeds

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.