Adam Lane's bass is superb here – really shaping the sound in a sublime way right from the start – brooding and bold up from the bottom – never too heavy-handed, but a force that directs the recording beautifully, and really gives shape to the alto of DariusJones and drums of Vijay Anderson! The approach is quite different from the usual free trio date – as there's these subtle song structures on most tracks – sometimes more sonic than tune-based, but always full of feeling at a level that's extremely evocative, and which makes the album a superb achievement for all players involved. Titles include "Run To Infinity", "Bioluminescence", "Absolute Horizon", and "The Great Glass Elevator". LP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully sensitive work from saxophonist DariusJones – a record that features these nicely-building lines on alto sax – played with an offbeat approach to tone! Jones has some very unusual inflections on his horn here – so that even some of the gentler moments still have a nice edge, and resonate strongly next to the careful rhythms from Matt Mitchell on piano, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Ches Smith on drums. Most tunes start a bit slow, and kind of blossom as Jones blows more life into them – taking things to the brink, but never too far outside. Titles include "My Baby", "Roosevelt", "So Sad", "You Have Me Seeing Red", "Winkie", and "The Fagley Blues". CD
Really beautiful sounds from altoist DariusJones and pianist Matthew Shipp – very sensitive work from both musicians, and hardly what you might expect from the Jack Kirby reference in the title! The music is relatively free at points, but has this elliptical quality that's really compelling – almost acoustic loops of sound from both the piano and alto sax – as they stretch out, roll back, and move forward with a wonderful exploration of space and soul. Shipp seems very respectful of Jones in the setting – and titles include "Gardens Of Yivaroth", "Granny Goodness", "Divine Engine", "Life Equation", "Lord Of Woe", and "Celestial Foundation". CD
Really beautiful work from bassist Eric Revis – an album of subtle soul and really deep feelings – with a quality that's much more classic than some of the more contemporary material that we usually hear from the Clean Feed label – almost in an older avant space with echoes of Ornette Coleman, or some of the Soul Note/Black Saint recordings of the members of the 70s loft jazz scene. The group here is really strongly balanced – rich horn lines from Bill McHenry on tenor and DariusJones on alto – mixed with Revis ruminating work on bass, and some sublime drumming from Chad Taylor – a player we really love, but who seems to shine even more here than usual. Branford Marsalis makes a surprising guest appearance on two tracks – and titles include "Hits", "Unknown", "Somethin's Cookin", "If You're Lonesome Then You're Not Alone", and the multi-part "Tulpa Chronicles". CD
Oliver Lake —
Wheels ... CD Passin' Thru, 2013. Used ...
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A great large group project from reedman Oliver Lake – and a great reminder of his mighty strengths as a writer and arranger too! Right from the start, Lake's had a great ability to move between smaller, intimate settings and more ensemble-based music – and here, he's at the helm of a great batch of well-chosen reed players – all of whom move together as one to realize Lake's complicated charts for the record! The set explodes with bold hues and rich tones right from the start – a shifting palette that only gets stronger as the album moves through Oliver's original compositions – material played by Mike Lee and James Stewart on tenor, DariusJones and Bruce Williams on alto, Jason Marshall on baritone, Stafford Hunter and Aaron Johnson on trombones, and Walton Ricks, EJ Allen, Nabate Isles, and Freddie Hendrix on trumpets. Titles include "Drum Thing", "Is It Real", "Philly Blues", "Maasai Moves", "Studder", and "Wheels Suite". CD