A cool extension of the legacy of Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch. The beautiful sound is made up by the contrasts of Shelton’s biting alto, Jason Adasiewicz’s lapidary vibes, Jason Roebke’s powerful bass and Tim Daisy’s sharp, roiling drums. The tracks are structured in idiosyncratic and sophisticated ways, with a muscular musical logic that gives the players space to stretch themselves without dissipating. Smart, with a gripping amount of fire burning just under the surface.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Britt Robson on 01.03.14 in Reviews
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is an invaluable duet partner, in constant demand for his mastery of many genres, his fount of enjoyably challenging phrases and conceptions, and his comfort with open spaces and relaxed tempi....
By Charles Farrell on 07.08.13 in Reviews
Pianist/composer Kris Davis is a patient musician. And she expects her collaborators, as well as her listeners, to be patient too. It's not that she doesn't have the requisite technique to bowl you over (she does), but h...
By Britt Robson on 06.13.13 in Reviews
Andrew Cyrille is a 72-year-old drummer who spent a decade stoking the fiery eruptions of avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor; he was arguably Taylor's most ingenuous and empathetic foil. Kris Davis is a 30-something pianis...