233

The Gauci Trio: We're Comin' Just One Time

By

Sign in to view read count
The Gauci Trio: We're Comin' Just One Time This trio recording led by tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci comes across as a fifty-minute suite of nearly free jazz, rather than eight tracks with their own distinct personalities. Gauci's self-penned liner notes are a good reflection of the music—esoteric and a bit circular, conveying some interesting perspectives on the nature of freedom and form in improvisation, honest in their attempt to communicate, though probably not embraceable by more than a niche audience.

In those liners Gauci distinguishes between improvising within a predetermined form ("like pouring water into a glass ), expandable form ("like filling up a balloon with air ) and free form ("like letting a herd of cows roam free to graze, but keeping an eye to see exactly where they go ). These are interesting analogies and they certainly provide the listener with a few tools to get a handle on what often seems like impenetrable music. They also raise a couple of legitimate questions: Will the listener stick around long enough to try to discern which concept the improviser is employing? And is the improviser building a succession of communicative statements or, more introspectively, looking for the next pasture in which to roam?

The intensity of Gauci's live performance comes through pretty well on the recording. The first and last tracks, "Down Day on Broadway and "The C-mode, are the most accessible and invigorating, respectively, while "Blue Gauch contains some old-fashioned thematic improvisation on a blues riff within a pre-determined form. Gauci's command of the tenor sax is formidable, and his pair of thirty-year-old trio mates, bassist Terence Murren and drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, are agile throughout.

Track Listing: Down Day on Broadway; We're Comin' Just One Time; What You Say? Blue Gauch; She Winked; Dream of the Jeremiah; Don't Forget the Poor; The C-mode.

Personnel: Stephen Gauci: tenor saxophone; Terence Murren: bass; Jeremy Carlstedt: drums.

Title: We're Comin' Just One Time | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Cadence Jazz Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Flesh & Bone CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Generations CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017
Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Billionaire Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Billionaire Blues
by Mark Werlin
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "Unification" CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Running After The Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Running After The Sun
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 7, 2017
Read "Salão Brazil" CD/LP/Track Review Salão Brazil
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2017
Read "Astoria Roots Live" CD/LP/Track Review Astoria Roots Live
by James Nadal
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Contrasts" CD/LP/Track Review Contrasts
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 30, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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