Nothing too blue here, although Mario Pavone's group certainly manages to hit some of the more indigo sides of the spectrum – but they also have this brighter sort of angularity, too – one that really comes from the piano work of Matt Mitchell! Mitchell's lines are angular – definitely inherited from a Monkish tradition, but very much his own too – much freer, and more finding this way of moving from note to note in very individual patterns – connecting musical dots in a way that's always surprising, but which always makes a great deal of sense as the performance rolls on! Drummer Tyshawn Sorey is the third member of the trio – always filled with boundless energy at the bottom, but never overwhelming the piano or bass either. Titles include "Zines", "Two One", "Xapo", "Reflections", and "Trio Dialect". ~ Dusty Groove
The legendary Joe Bataan makes a great return here – lending his Harlem-bred vocals to "The Mover" – a sweet funky number from Alex Puddu! Joe's got a super-dope quality that might well make the tune one of his best since the 70s – and Puddu's groove is this laidback funky mode that opens into a Fender Rhodes solo too! "Soul Tiger" is the group's title cut – a warm bit of 70s funk with Latin percussion, tight trumpet and tenor, and another great keyboard solo too! ~ Dusty Groove
Creating Structure is the first recording by the Rich Halley 4 devoted entirely to free group improvisation. This disc showcases the group's original approach to improvising which combines freedom, feeling and traditional elements into a seamless whole. Creating Structure presents sixteen musical statements that express both genuine emotion and an inner structural unity. Rich Halley has released seventeen critically acclaimed recordings. Creating Structure follows the Rich Halley 4's earlier The Wisdom of Rocks, Crossing the Passes, Back from Beyond and Requiem for a Pit Viper, all of which received wide critical acclaimTo celebrate the CD, the band tours to four cities and towns: May 18: Quinn's, Beacon, NY; May 19: Konceptions Series at Korzo, Brooklyn, NY; May 20: AS220, Providence, RI; and May 22: Outpost 186, Cambridge, MA.