jueves, 8 de enero de 2015

Phil Markowitz / Zach Brock - Perpetuity (2014)

Source: Allaboutjazz
Label: Dot Time Records
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆     

The debut collaboration between veteran pianist Phil Markowitz and rising star violinist Zach Brock focuses on a shared love of questioning and questing through sound(s). Each man brings five originals to the table for this project, and most of them serve to highlight their common interest(s) in angular exploration, dovetailing designs, and scenarios that encourage searching.

Markowitz brings a wealth of experience to the table, having worked with everybody from trumpeter Chet Baker to guitarist Al Di Meola to saxophonist Dave Liebman over the past four decades; he hasn't recorded much as a leader, but then again, he hasn't had to, as his dance card has been pretty full. Brock, a relative newcomer who's gained a good deal of attention for a pair of leader dates on the Criss Cross imprint, stands tall as one of the notable post-millennial voices in jazz violin. Together, they make music that's both absorbing and intriguing.

Queries, curve balls, conundrums, and calculated moves are all part of the deal here. There are meticulously-crafted, deviously-delivered numbers ("Triple Dutch"), active outings built with specific intervallic formulas ("Six Pack"), slowly drifting looks into the unknown ("Nebulae"), and high-energy modal jaunts ("Rongtone"). Along the way, Markowitz delivers heavy ideas without a heavy touch and Brock marries the bold with the mannered, bringing a stinging brilliance to the fore during the fiery material and dialing it back a few notches in mellower environs. Both men prove to be individual thinkers when it's solo time, but they show themselves to be simpatico collaborators elsewhere, engaging in call-and-response episodes, prancing along together through difficult lines, and working without a safety net as a duo ("Mirrors"). The sidemen here—players like Obed Calvaire, the highly regarded drummer who appears on Brock's Purple Sounds (Criss Cross, 2014), and Jay Anderson, the well-respected bassist who can be heard in Markowitz's trio on Catalysis (Sunnyside, 2008)—do a predictably fine job, but it's the relationship between the leaders that makes this date. Markowitz and Brock make for quite a combination.  - Dan Bilawski -

1. Perpetuity 07:02
2. Triple Dutch 06:27   
3. Fractures 07:47
4. Six Pack 06:37
5. Nebulae 11:03
6. Notorious Z 08:13
7. Burning Lake 06:00
8. Rongtone 05:14
9. Mirrors 06:05
10.Ankle Biter 05:14

   Phil Markowitz - piano, keyboards
Zach Brock - acoustic violin
Jay Anderson - acoustic bass
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Obed Calvaire - drums
Edson "Café" da Silva - percussion, vocals

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."
  - Duke Ellington - 


Archie Shepp - Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five (1963)

The ten tunes (71 min.) on this CD were recorded live at the famous Montmartre jazz club in Copenhagen in 1963. This is one of the best and most important avante garde jazz albums ever made, its importance enhanced by the fact that the quintet was formed specifically to come and play in Copenhagen and was disbanded when the musicians returned to New York. The most “advanced” number is a 15 minute-long tune called “The Trio” which uses both modal scales and changing meters. The band is led by three of the absolute best of the avante garde musicians at the time: Don Cherry on cornet, Archie Shepp on tenor sax and John Tchicai on alto sax. The music is heavily inspired by alto player Ornette Coleman and pianist Cecil Taylor, and features three Ornette Coleman compositions and two by Thelonious Monk. The brilliant, high-energy performance of the musicians on this CD is an example of improvisational, modern jazz at its absolute best.

Don Cherry (cornet)
John Tchicai (alto sax)
Archie Shepp (tenor sax)
Don Moore (bass)
J. C. Moses  (drums)

01. Consequences
02. Monk's Mood
03. Emotions
04. Wo Wo
05. Trio
06. Crepescule With Nellie
07. O.C.
08. When Will the Blues Leave?
09. The Funeral
10. Mick

Recorded November 15, 1963

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins