|Photo by John Rogers|
|John Rogers photo|
To my ears, "Behind the Vibration" is warm weather music (although the fiery pieces can certainly heat up a cold winter's night). The dynamic range of Rez Abbasi & Junction is quite impressive; for such electric music, there are a good number of times when the band deals with the interaction of space and silence. Best of all, there are well-developed melodies for the band members to build solos and for the interactions that are at the heart of this music. Rez Abbasi rarely, if ever, sits still and is always worth listening to.
For more information, go to www.reztone.com.
Here's the Quartet in the studio:
The Trio's second CD, "Convallaria" (Cuneiform Records), is the result of a two week residency at City of Asylum, an impressive arts community in Pittsburgh, PA. For three such busy musicians - each leading his or her own ensembles - to have the opportunity to work, compose, improvise, and play together was crucial. In the words of Ms. Halvorson, "It really helped us to take the band to the next level."
Thumbscrew makes thoughtful music, songs and sounds that both challenges the listener and rewards him or her. It is easy to discern the comfort level that Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara have each other, that they can be "themselves" in a cooperative trio while creating a "group" sound. "Convallaria" is engrossing music that bears repeated listening.
For more information, go to www.thumbscrew.net.
Here's a live version of the opening track: