162

Kali Z. Fasteau: Vivid

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Kali Z. Fasteau: Vivid The double entendre in the title of Vivid applies to color as well as emotion. Multi-instrumentalist Fasteau, who's traveled the world living and performing, offers an intriguing combination of soprano saxophone and voice, among other things. Her fusion of high-energy blowing with high-flying song fits surprisingly well into this mix of performers and instruments. When Fasteau sings, her soprano voice sounds eerily like a soprano saxophone—you might not catch it if you weren't paying attention.

Recorded live during three performances during 1998 and 1999, Fasteau's group pursues energetic free improvisation around abstract themes relating to hues. The tone of each piece reflects the group's interpretation of a particular color. If you're willing to play the game, it can be quite fun to make the connections and see how vision can connect with sound. Regardless, this all-star group has much to offer from a purely musical standpoint. The combination of three horns yields a thickly textured sonic field which twists and thrusts about. Fasteau, McPhee, and Mateen frequently engage in synergistic expressionism, though they tend to shy away from call-and-response play. At times the group deviates from Western harmony into more mystical Eastern flavors.

Hamid Drake and Ron McBee drive the rhythms on Vivid, with occasional help from Fasteau. These tunes tend to have a tribal feel, so the use of percussion to round out the drum kit lends additional depth. Unfortunately this recording is quite limited in terms of sound quality, so the percussion is often lost. And with rare exceptions, bassist William Parker is essentially inaudible—a tragic loss, given his affinity for complex rhythms and his unusual treble extension. I suppose one must pay a sonic price to experience live music created in the moment—but Vivid is so poorly recorded that the listening experience is compromised. It's a shame, given the prodigious talent in this group and the confident approach they use with the music.


Track Listing: Orange; Red; Turquoise; Aquamarine; Sun Yellow; Chartreuse; Tangerine; Sienna (This Moment); Tamil Blue; Royal Purple; Pimento; Heliotrope; Violet; Sea Green; Magenta.

Personnel: Kali Fasteau: soprano saxophone, voice, nai & kaval flutes, mizmar, drum set, mousin, sanza; Hamid Drake: drum set, bindir, voice; Sabir Mateen: alto & tenor saxophones, bamboo side flute; Joe McPhee: soprano saxophone, pocket trumpet; Ron McBee: djembe & African percussion; William Parker: bass.

| Record Label: Flying Note Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Message In Motion" CD/LP/Track Review Message In Motion
by David A. Orthmann
Published: October 27, 2016
Read "Take Me To The Alley" CD/LP/Track Review Take Me To The Alley
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 10, 2016
Read "Books On Tape, Vol. 2 - Standard Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Books On Tape, Vol. 2 - Standard Edition
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 17, 2016
Read "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" CD/LP/Track Review Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 1, 2016
Read "Fusion Machine" CD/LP/Track Review Fusion Machine
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Isang" CD/LP/Track Review Isang
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!