TIM WARFIELD - SPHERICAL: DEDICATED TO THELONIOUS SPHERE MONK
Tim Warfield's eighth Criss Cross leader recording Spherical, which references the middle name of its primary subject, immortal jazz pianist-composer Thelonious Sphere Monk, is the tenor/soprano saxophonist's most idiosyncratic and personal document to date. To be specific, Warfield and an efflorescent quintet of virtuoso teamplayers (Eddie Henderson, trumpet; Orrin Evans, piano;Ben Wolfe, bass; Clarence Penn, drums) personalize six Monk compositions (Off Minor, Ugly Beauty, Oska T, Gallop's Gallop, Coming on the Hudson, and Round Midnight) and That Old Man (which Monk recorded as 'Children's Song'in 1964), as well as an original Warfield blues dedicated to Monk's first employer, Coleman Hawkins. All members improvise with a creative force that shows the depth of their engagement with the essence of these masterworks; the will to swing defines the proceedings throughout. ~ Amazon
FRED FRITH / BARRY GUY - BACKSCATTER BRIGHT BLUE
Two giants of the British improvisation scene work together here in a relatively recent recording – but one that shows that the creative imaginations of both players is alive and well! In fact, the performance, recorded in 2007, almost might stand equally nice to some of the 70s recordings by either musician – especially some of Frith's most interesting sessions – and the interplay between his electric guitar and the bass of Barry Guy is really wonderful – with lots of sonorous moments from either musician, and some complicated flutters of sounds and notes that resonate wonderfully. Titles run from 20 minutes to 44 seconds in length – and tracks include "Big Flowers", "Where The Cities Gleam In Darkness", "Moments Full Of Many Lives", "Walking On Wire", "Climbing The Ladder", and "The Circus Is A Song Of Praise". © 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
ANTOINE FAFARD – AD PERPETUUM
Ad Perpetuum is bass player Antoine Fafard s third album of new work, and features Vinnie Colaiuta and Jerry De Villiers Jr throughout the collection. Colaiuta s extraordinary performances show why he is a true drum legend, while De Villiers Jr s beautiful tone and inspired guitar work will prove irresistible to all fans of jazz fusion. Additional guests include keyboardist Gerry Etkins on three songs and saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella on another three tracks. Another significant contribution comes from Gary Husband, who features on the intense drum duet D-Day. Vinnie Colaiuta and Jerry De Villiers Jr were involved in the Ad Perpetuum project from its inception. A two-day session booked with Vinnie for January 2014 provided the deadline for writing the material, giving Antoine a three-month window to compose all the pieces for the album. This was the first time that Antoine had been challenged to meet a specific deadline for a personal project. The music on Ad Perpetuum encompasses a broad spectrum of grooves and atmospheres. A conscious effort was made to offer a multitude of tempos, time signatures, structures and harmonic variations in order to showcase the virtuosity of the players. De Villiers Jr s incredible guitar playing and tone brings a deep vitality to the music, while Colaiuta s playing is simply flawless. ~ Amazon