Friday, February 17, 2012
Quartet and Trio Music; Well-done Fun
behind the bowed bass and tenor sax dialogue on "Koan" or creating a shimmering solo on "Oxygen". His unpredictable turns on the bluesy and energetic "10,000 Leagues" make for fun listening. His Fender Rhodes work on the soulful "Gently" gives the piece a lighter quality that allows the fine melody to stand out. Degibri's rolling tenor lines and Ginsburg's highly melodic solo stand out as well. Then, there's "Red Giant"; with Royston leading the way, the tune explodes out of the speakers, leaving the listener exhilarated.
People complain that jazz is not relevant or exciting - those folks need to sit down for a generous helping of Josh Ginsburg's "Zembla Variations." Intelligent, melodic, exciting, mature 21st Century music that makes one smile. To find out more, go to www.joshginsburg.com.
Here's the funky, delectable, "Jakewalk", courtesy of Mr. Ginsburg and Bandcamp:
to fruition yet the music is exciting and cohesive. The Trio breathes as one on tunes such as "Do Your Thing", with Arntzen's lively soprano weaving around the thick bass lines and slippery drum work. "Imagine It" is a funky, bouncy and somewhat raucous take on a piece by The Dirty Projectors while the Trio reaches in to Bjork's song bag for the handsome ballad "You've Been Flirting Again." The interplay of clarinet, bass and drums reminds me of the work of Henry Threadgill with Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall in Trio Air (there's also an "airy" quality clarinet that may remind some of Jimmy Guiffre) Nothing is rushed, no cliches, an emotionally rich reading of the melody with solos that overlap. You hear that as well in "The Park", its circular melody line played at different times by each member of the band. The melody floats as the rhythm moves forward yet there is a dream-like quality to the piece. Cole's full bass tone fills out the bottom, allowing Gaucher to play at different levels, moving from soft fills to accentuating the melody. There's a funky feel to "Potential Bog", the overdubbed reeds playing a repetitive lines that pushes against the "heavy" drums and Cole's booming bass.
"New Dream" isn't very long; its 8 tracks clock in at 41:32. Still, there is so much happening in this music it's easy to hit the "repeat" button and take it in again. One can hear the joy of 3 friends making music that is meaningful and fun. How pleasing!
Here's the title track courtesy of The October Trio and Bandcamp: