Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. Backstory: VIjay Iyer great musician in his own right curated a two day festival of 'free jazz' at Harvard University.
I attended day one. My brother, sister-in-law and I were mesmerized by how the cello player Ms. Reid would play rhythm, melody and 'textures' seamlessly. So I was compelled to buy this album. Present: The Eric Dolphy tune '17 West' kicks it off. Uptempo and frenetic. It starts with almost an Asian influence.
Then it breaks into a swing until Reid de-constructs it, taking it way out and then with a crescendo, it swings again. Then there's the short duet "Improv 1'. Then comes 'Woodlawn'; one of my favorites though they're all good. It's loping with a rich bass tone and the guitar just sings. The cello almost makes you come to tears; but whether they're tears of sadness or joy, I don't know.
It takes a little journey in the middle, and returns with some sweet guitar chords. To quote producer Mike Reed's liner notes: " Reid brings both poignant restraint and agitated exuberance But this music is its own. I'm also delighted that the AACM spirit is still alive. This is an excellent production and it's five stars all the way! This release has some very good compositions. Ms Reid, a cellist has a nice nack for integrating guitar, cello and a rhythm section.
The compositions exhibit counterpoint, sometimes groove along and have numerous episodes. The compositions aren't showcases for abject soloing but are well thought out and tell stories; quite mature for where Ms Reid is at in her career. One person found this helpful. Great quartet jazz--muscular and searching, with beautiful playing all around, especially the leader on cello. Also my first exposure to the guitar work of Mary Halverson, a unique and forceful player This is a recording with plenty of texture and variety, highly recommended.
This is a beautiful album full of fresh, forward-thinking compositions and very genuine playing. Great album from Tomeka Reid and company. It has a wonderful balance between "free" jazz and more "straight ahead" jazz. What struck me the most was the strength of the compositions. Tomeka is a wonderful songwriter and writes very memorable melodies and counter melodies. The improvisation and the interplay is also great particularly Mary Halvorson who stands out on the record.
For fans of her playing I highly recommend this recording because you get to hear her play in a more straight setting compared to her own music and its very cool to hear how easily and how beautifully she adjusts to that. I highly recommend seeing this group live as well; I caught them at Firehouse 12 in New Haven CT and was totally blown away!
A great starting place for the traditional jazz combo lover to get updated to a new generation of players who might just nudge them to open their ears up to current sensibilities Great album which has a nice up-to-date feel without ignoring what's gone before. Experimental without being jarring, it sets up a variety of nice rhythms over the top of which we get some quality improvisation.
Already a favourite in my growing jazz collection. I'm partial to a bit of jazz cello. Reid has a great tone and the tunes Album) all enjoyable and yet adventurous enough to entice an open eared listener.
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I could listen to this magic forever! The rhythmic structures change song to song, but these fine players know how to dynamically create rushes and quiet, conflict and love. Tomeka Reid has a masterful ear, well developed to approach modern creative narratives with a luscious soundscape.
This music fills a void in the modern landscape, it gives me hope in a time of so much fear and political uncertainty. She has found a voice, let her sing! A great listen. Her exquisite instrumental prowess as well as her brilliant writing make this a singular record See all reviews.
Top reviews from other countries. I was really pleased to see this quartet make a follow up to their debut which was one of the best albums of The magic that existed on the first disc remains and the music offered continues to cover a wide range of bases. I particularly love the N'awlins strut of "Niki's Bop" but the whole of the disc is a delight, covering a wide range of bases where the quite outside manages to sit comfortably with the more mainstream. It is strange that jazz cello still remains a bit of an obscure instrument in jazz as the richness of the tone and it's adaptability to change timbre would appear to have made it a natural jazz instrument.
I have records with the likes of Erik Friedlander and Hank Roberts playing this instrument to great effect but I think that Tomeka will be the one to kick the cello in to the mainstream.
Her's is a name that I do look out for on album sleeves and she is often found associated with equally interesting musicians. That said, I really feel that this band is the ideal format for her music. The rapport with the eccentric and original guitarist Halvorson demonstrates that they are both the perfect foil for each other.
Jason Roebke has long since been a favourite of mine, cropping up on numerous Delmark records which captured the heady Chicago scene of the 's including his own Ellington-inspired group.
Fujiwara is a relatively new discovery for me and seems to be the ideal drummer for this kind of jazz. Like the earlier disc, there is a definite bounce about how this music is performed and the music swings in the original sense of the word.
The ingredients which made the first album are all in place. Tomeka continues to have a knack for snappy melodies and if the band has the capability of making the music sometimes dissipates into a good natured free-for -all with the guitar and cellos pinging off in different directions from each other, it is also equally fair to say that jazz fans who loved some of the chamber jazz from the s as performed by the likes of MJQ and Chico Hamilton will be equally delighted by this more robust band.
For me, Tomeka is one of the best things in the current jazz scene and this group's second release is another gem. There is a springiness about this music that will be sure to bring a smile to your face. It is not only great jazz but hugely enjoyable to listen to too. Thoroughly recommended.
Report abuse. I like to support new jazz artists who are looking to break fresh ground. That is why I bought this album. There is a lot to both recommend and disappoint. Much of the content is experimental in nature with dissonant and unusual chord progressions, especially from Halvorsen on Album).
If you want to experience something unusual in the pairing of instruments and are not put off by loose and simple arrangements that do not flow too well please ignore my comments. My personal preferance is for tighter and preferably more intricate arrangements.
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