A trumpet and drum duet: two sticks, three buttons and a couple of pedals, pursed lips, studied exhalations. A fairly simple concept, on paper.
Unprepared, by trumpeter Jim Knodle and percussionist Dave Storrs, is another shining set of spontaneously composed tunes from Louie Records, out of Corvallis, Oregon.
Drummer Dave Storrs, though not at this point in time a household jazz namelike, say, Elvin Jonestakes percusssion into new dimensions of uncharted fluidity and shifting momentums. His teaming with trumpeter Jim Knodle showcasesbeautifully and succinctlytextural differences in respective sounds. Knodle is a versatile horn man, sounding sometimes Miles-like on them mute, then glowing on the open horn with warm tones, breaking up Storrs' gently rolling thunder with soft punctuationsbreathy comas and semi-colons, the occasional dashthen shifting to sharper periods and exclamation points on the next improvisational move. Whimsy intermixed with more serious moments, all of it in a fine sharp focus of the Storrsian mode.
This record is unsuitable for cursory listening, like any aural experience that is ultimately rewarding: a wondrous set of sounds, much denser and more complex than one would imagine possible on a a duo date.
Track Listing: Self Parallel, Railway Clave, JavaRama, Let, Stan and Ollie, ShekeresOn
Drums, "Chick, Chick, Chick", Monty Speaks, Trip Hop, Too Far, T.U., For
Clyde Mccoy, For Cherry and Ed, Ofall, (When We Were) Boys and Girls
Personnel: Jim Knodle, trumpet; Dave Storrs, drums
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!