This new release from the UK label Consumer Waste features four untitled improvisations from Glasgow guitarist Neil Davidson and Norwegian double bassist Michael Duch. Although unusual on the face of it, the combination of mostly bowed acoustic guitar with a likewise mostly bowed double bass is a felicitous one. The four tracks, although differing from each other in sometimes significant ways, have in common an architecture constructed of overlapping planes joined or separated by varying rhythmic patterns. This comes out most clearly in the third track, in which staggered arpeggios on the guitar form the ground for irregularly placed bowed lines from the bass; the superimposition of variably phrased parts makes for gradually shifting patterns of rhythmic repetition. By contrast, the fourth track sets out a regular pulse by way of Duch’s spiccato bowing; Davidson’s bowed guitar creates a chime-like wash of sound on top, the timbre of which complements and contrasts with the bass by turns as the bow moves toward and away from the bridge. The long first track reverses these functions as the bowed guitar provides the pulse, while a drone in the bass sets up harmonic interference patterns between the two instruments. The second track is an interesting essay on timbre, featuring Duch’s flautando bowing over Davidson’s chords.
From All About Jazz:
Rodrigo Amado track review
Wire Quartet (Clean Feed Records)
DuDu (Libra Records)
Alternating Current (Self Produced)
Jonathan Rowden Group: Becoming (Orenda Records)
Eric Revis: In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed Records)
J.C. Sanford Orchestra extended analysis
JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd)
Michael Musillami Trio
Pride (Playscape Recordings)
Combination (Self Produced)
Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband
America The Beautiful (Jan Matthies Records)
Ayelet Lerman / Wade Matthews / Carmel Raz
Growing Carrots in a Concrete Floor (Aural Terrains)
The latest Point of Departure web magazine is out.
Issue 47 – June 2014
Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker
The Revolution Will Be In 7/4: a tribute to Fred Ho by Taylor Ho Bynum
A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange
A Pioneer Spirit – an interview with Daniel Rosenboom: by Troy Collins
The Book Cooks:
We Thought We Could Change The World
by Peter Brötzmann + Gérard Rouy
(Woke Verlag; Hofheim, Germany)
Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton
Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings
Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer
Travellin’ Light: Jason Roebke
The South China Morning Post reviews the latest from this group and discusses Grimes’ history.
Grimes, 78, has made one of the most remarkable comebacks in jazz. Born in Philadelphia, he emerged in the 1950s as an accomplished and versatile bassist, working with composers such as Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan and, in a twin bass line-up, Charles Mingus.