Bill McHenry: Time




Bill McHenry (tenor sax)


Bill McHenry Quartet featuring Paul Motian (Fresh Sound 160)

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Bill McHenry (tenor sax), Paul Motian (drums), Reid Anderson (bass).

Composed by Bill McHenry


Recorded: New York, May 2002


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The Bill McHenry Quartet featuring Paul Motian actually becomes a trio when guitarist Ben Monder sits out on "Time." While Monder's playing on other tracks is indispensable to the execution of McHenry's open-ended material, it is a treat to hear Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson and drummer extraordinaire Paul Motian interact with McHenry in a trio format. Those who question the intentionality of Motian's sometimes random-seeming rhythmic placement should check out this slightly more accessible example of his free-flowing, melodic concept. The way the drummer responds to the opening McHenry theme is essential Motian: he creates a bed of moving, flowing rhythm by simultaneously responding to melody already played and predicting the melody to come. McHenry's ears are fully prepared for the Motian experience, and it leads to 5 minutes of deeply instinctual improvisation.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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