Label: Kadima Collective - KCR 27 • Format: CD Album • Country: Israel • Genre: Jazz • Style: Free Improvisation
Here are some great and noteworthy solo sax albums, not an easy genre, difficult to play and maintain attention, hypnotic if played well. Technique is one thing : the basis. What you do with it is what counts. These sax-players have understood this very well, despite the huge differences between them in terms of style and musical vision.
At the same time I thought Leimgruber's music ressembled quantum physics, in the way that he goes beyond tones, to dig into the deeper stuff that is either invisible or inaudible usually, yet because of the intensity of his playing the quarks fly in various direction at superspeed, bouncing against each other and creating new stuff.
For all clarity : I know as much about physics as about the movies of Sylvester Stallone, i. But that's how this music comes across, actually Leimgruber brings us beyond music.
It has a kind of deep and essential fragility and sensitivity: each note is played with such caution, but equally with an incredible intrinsic power that makes it possible to move in any direction. Sometimes I get the question : "Can this not only be appreciated by sax-players? My answer is clear "This is a nightmare for sax-players to listen to, because it shows them what is possible with the instrument that they were not even aware of". Interestingly enough, I now read the liner notes and see that Oliver Schwerdt compares Leimgruber's music to Galileo and Copernicus : " his portrayal of the soprano as a telescope suggests the consciousness of a Ariel Shibolet - Live At The Total Music Meeting who, freeing tones from the gravitational field of the earth, sends them soaring into the depths of space ".
Shibolet uses incredible use of circular breathing and multiphonics, doing Boredom - S.T.U.N. - Evolution Of Energy that is hard to fathom at times, but every note is a great cry for release, one of perpetual pain and anguish trying to be freed, especially in the long first piece, but as the second piece evolves, his tone becomes warmer, reaching the middle range of his instruments, and becoming more a shamanistic incantation, including keeping the same tone for minutes.
The third piece starts - surprisingly enough - with something ressembling a phrase, but soon enough we're back into trance-mode, with long bouts of circular breathing, pauzes with little more than whispers or sudden blasts.
It is all pretty intense, but a great listen for those of you with open ears, as was the appreciative audience, at that festival in Berlin in His first bass sax sounds on the second track start deep and low from the core of the body, like a growl out of which all the other notes will follow.
And it is not only the difference Ariel Shibolet - Live At The Total Music Meeting soprano and the deep tones of the bass sax that mark the difference with the previous albums, it's all about soul and heart, with recognizable little phrases arising once in a while, containing elements from gospel and blues. The release celebrates Parran's 50th anniversary of playing music. As Parran describes Catacomb - Zweizz - The Yawn Of A New Age himself : " This recorded solo performance, Window Spirits, manifests memories, dreams and feelings expressed in my life through music.
Here, on this plain called life, we can experience existence on level ground with the ancestors. Great and spiritual. Listen and download from eMusic. Despite the relative openness of his music, it is drenched in jazz history, starting with bluesman "Robert Johnson" on Ariel Shibolet - Live At The Total Music Meeting first track, with references throughout, to Monk, to Lacy, to other peoples of the world, in Africa and Asia.
I already spoke quite positively about Newsome's previous album, a tribute to Monkand I must say that this album manages to avoid some of the cerebral approach of the previous one, even if it remains quite programmatic. Newsome's playing is fabulous, and especially the soaring lyricism of "Blue Mongolia" and the repetitive phrasing with circular breathing on "Blue Bejing" are absolutely stunning. It is melodious, joyful, uplifting and with a clarity of sound that is quite exceptional. Yet again, it is all too much focused on the instrument itself, which might be a strange comment to give on a solo performance, but yes, it is still more about the technique than about the music itself.
He has that unique tone, and at moments he touches upon something which The Shining Path - Shriekback - Big Night Music become his own musical vision too, especially when his jazz becomes classical music or vice-versa, as on the interesting merger between Monk and Bach on the last piece. Let's hope he can carve that out and expand it.
But still highly recommended, also to sax-players. Listen and buy from CDBaby. Post a Comment. The Free Jazz Collective. Reviews of Free Jazz and Improvised Music. Monday, December 27, Solo Sax. Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. Popular Posts this Year. Free Jazz Blog's Top 10s. Anthony Braxton, No.
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