172

Wayne Horvitz: Intersection Poems & Live

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Wayne Horvitz has always succeeded in being an unclassifiable master, his music bordering the worlds of jazz, rock, experimental, and contemporary classical. With these two releases come two sides to the multifaceted pianist/keyboardist.

Horvitz/Samworth/Lee/Clarke/van der Schyff
Intersection Poems
Spool
2005

With Intersection Poems, Horvitz collaborates for the first time with the Vancouver-based quartet Talking Pictures. The one-time prime Downtown NYCer, now Seattle-based, Horvitz experiments with the interactive sound of three strings (guitarist Ron Samworth, cellist Peggy Lee, and himself on piano), brass (trumpeter Bill Clarke), and percussion (drummer Dylan van der Schyff). Van der Schyff's percussive approach spreads out each and every piece with understated rhythms and small instrument effects and, with Clark's sometimes long and un-brassy lines, the collective moves frequently as if a string quintet.

Many of the seven tracks seem dedicated to a different or altering protagonist. The opening track ("Merge a la Gauche ) finds Horvitz's mood-inducing single notes on piano sonically overlapped by cello, trumpet, guitar, and cymbal effects. The minimalist approach continues—"Elk Crossing can be heard as a duo of piano (performed inside and out) and percussion, when in actuality all participants are centrally involved in venturesome understatement. Lee, an unheralded player, continues to help the instrument's notoriety in jazz. She leads the way through the title track, accompanied by multiple treble piano notes and high-pitched cymbal effects reacting to her warm yet mysterious arco.

The sound and mix is top-notch, allowing the listener to really hear the full range of spatial and textural contributions. The dark reverberating piano clusters by Horvitz will shake you to the core in "Children At Play ; "Begin Two Way is celebratory, assisting the magical crack of a morning dawn; "...When Amber Flashing starts in your face, gradually backs off, moving further and further, winding up in a land of contemplation with its less rhythmic legato lines. Sit squarely between the speakers for this adventure and buckle your seat belts. You are most certainly going places.

Wayne Horvitz's Sweeter Than The Day
Live at the Rendezvous, Seattle 2004
Kufala
2005

On Live, Horvitz's Sweeter Than the Day group performs jazz that's more rooted in Americana than oriented toward contemporary classical. Formed in the late '90s, the acoustic alter-ego of his electric Zony Mash (same personnel) finds the leader again on piano. It offers a more melancholic, almost controlled side to Horvitz and his band. The group as a whole lightly swings through catchy melodies and extended pieces. Their understated improvisations never overwhelm, making this live double disc an ideal introduction to Horvitz, especially for jam band followers. More for coming down than outright foot-tapping and twirling, guitarist Timothy Young's electric guitar's volume never wanders above midway point and Andy Roth's drumming is usually via brushes, Keith Lowe's bass supplying a consistent pulse underneath them all.


Tracks and Personnel

Intersection Poems

Personnel: Wayne Horvitz: piano; Ron Samworth: guitar; Peggy Lee: cello; Bill Clarke: trumpet; Dylan van der Schyff: drums.

Live

Tracks: CD 1: Waltz from the Oven; Prepaid Funeral; Ben''s Music; Capricious Midnight; Inference; Ironbound; In One Time and Another; In the Ballroom. CD 2: Julians'' Ballad; Love; Love; Love; Disingenous Firefight; Forever; Diggin'' Bones; In the Lounge ; Casey Jones; LTMBBQ.

Personnel: Wayne Horvitz: piano, Andy Roth: drums, Keith Lowe: bass, Tim Young: guitar.


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space Multiple Reviews Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Cassette Plus Download Labels Multiple Reviews Cassette Plus Download Labels
by John Eyles
Published: May 3, 2017
Read Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series Multiple Reviews Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2017
Read 440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights Multiple Reviews 440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 21, 2017
Read Anat Cohen's Brazilian Bonanza: Outra Coisa and Rosa Dos Ventos Multiple Reviews Anat Cohen's Brazilian Bonanza: Outra Coisa and Rosa...
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 17, 2017
Read Duke Ellington on Storyville Records Multiple Reviews Duke Ellington on Storyville Records
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 20, 2017
Read "Albert We Hardly Knew Ye" Multiple Reviews Albert We Hardly Knew Ye
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 3, 2016
Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" Multiple Reviews Pi Recordings 2016 Releases
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon" Multiple Reviews 2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun & Havana Moon DVD/CD" Multiple Reviews Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun & Havana Moon DVD/CD
by Doug Collette
Published: November 13, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!