Over the past decade, Jim (drums) and Chet (tenor saxophone), the Doxas Brothers, have been very busy musicians in their native Canada. Jim has been the drummer in pianist Oliver Jones Trio while Chet has worked with Maria Schneider, Rufus Wainwright, and the late John Abercrombie plus is part of the Brooklyn, NY-based quartet LandLine and has recorded with electronics artist/ sound designer Micah Frank. Together, with Dave Douglas and bassist Steve Swallow, they have released two albums as Riverside for the trumpeter's Greenleaf Music.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Three Exploratory Quartets
This review introduces you to three albums featuring quartets, two with tenor saxophone, piano, bass, and drums plus one with tenor and alto saxophones, bass, and drums. The share the language of of modern Black American Music but come at their music from different directions.
"The Shape of Things" (not to be confused with The Yardbirds' 1966 hit of the same name) is excellent, reminding one of how great improvised music can be a transcending experience. Rich Halley does not compromise, has no need to, his interactions with the Matthew Shipp Trio shows us music still has the power to makes us sit up and take notice!
For more information, go to www.richhalley.com.
Here's the opening track: https://soundcloud.com/bk-music-pr/tetrahedron-rich-halley
For more information, go to www.willfulmusic.com.
Follow the link to hear a track: https://jeff-williams.bandcamp.com/track/the-interloper-3.
"The Circle" is delightful music, played with passion, intelligence, and the desire to connect on a human level. The Doxas Brothers, along with Adrien Vedady and Marc Copland, create a listening experience that combines the "tradition" with creative thinking (and playing)––so sit and listen, waiting for the day when this band can make their magic in a club or small convert venue.
For more information, go to www.doxasbrothers.com. To hear samples and to purchase the album, go to https://doxasbrothers.bandcamp.com/album/the-circle.
Watch and listen below to the opening track: