This is a slab of studio free jazz recorded in 1982 and – to the best of my knowledge – unreleased until now. The lineup is an incarnation of Gjerstad and Stevens’ Detail Trio, which featured a revolving member on bass. Here, the monstrous South African Johnny Dyani takes on that role to complement the Norwegian Gjerstad on tenor and soprano sax and the British Stevens on drums.
Day Two consists of two 20 minute improvisations that, if anything, showcase Dyani’s singular talent. While Gjerstad and Stevens share a comfortable rapport (they do not play “together” but instead complement each other quite suitably), Dyani is a different animal. At times he goes along with the trio’s flow, and at others he is doing something else entirely. When not providing a few sweeping slides, Dyani’s rapid fingerwork throughout the first track is sharply juxtaposed over Gjerstad’s soloing. This rapid-fire, prickly approach gets a supporting role of sorts from Stevens, though not in a homogenized fashion. Dyani’s ability to generate tension in this setting – sharing the bill with two outstanding improvisers in their prime – is a testament to his abilities. Nonetheless, the recording leaves plenty of room for soloing and expression from all three members.
Not overtly outside, Day Two remains an unconventional statement from an underappreciated trio. Thus, this release is much more than just a curious piece of history.
From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:
WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.
LovePunk + Christian Swenson
Fri. June 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door
Mama Amelia Love Clearheart (aka Indigo LovePunk) channels and freestyles poetry and voice, afloat astounding innovations, extending from the creative Spirits of Carol J. Levin (harp), Carlos Snaider (guitar), Kelsey Mines (bass), Heather Bentley (violin), Leanna Keith (flute), and Don Berman (percussion). A shaman of delight, Christian Swenson employs a wholly original mode of performing in which his body shapes his voice and his voice shapes his body.
Sound of Late: Let the Light Enter
Sat. June 29, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door
Sound of Late presents a program exploring poetics and music through the lens of voices crossing generations and cultures. The concert features the world premiere of Anthony R. Green’s Collide-oscope V, Shawn E. Okpebholo’s On a Poem By Miho Nonaka: Harvard Square, Evan Williams’ the waters wrecked the sky for solo clarinet, Eve Belgarian’s mystical solo for horn and electronics, Einhorn, and Tina Davidson’s joyous Never Love a Wild Thing.
Wed. 7/10 – 26 Minutes = One Day – presented by film maker Nady Kadrevis & pianist David Haney with Nathan Breedlove and Blake DeGraw
Thu. 7/11 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: The 2nd Century, a juried series featuring local artists redefining jazz; artists TBA
June 22, 2019
Tortoise: TNT, Prospect Park Bandshell
Dan Bitney Jaimie Branch James Elkington John Herndon Lester St. Louis Doug McCombs John McEntire Chris McIntyre Jeff Parker Jessica Pavone
June 22, 2019
Emily Wells with Metropolis Ensemble, Prospect Park Bandshell
Emily Brandenburg Lauren Cauley Andrew Cyr Rachel Drehmann Shayna Dunkelman Jennifer Liu Topu Lyo Mariel Roberts Evan Runyon Emily Wells
June 19, 2019
Jaimie Branch Trio, Public Records
Jaimie Branch Thomas Sayers Ellis Mike Pride Luke Stewart
June 18, 2019
The Brandon Lopez Trio, Fridman Gallery
Steve Baczkowski Gerald Cleaver Brandon Lopez