Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: If a blacksmith continues to strike an iron at one point, he must have a reason
If a blacksmith continues to strike an iron at one point, he must have a reason
Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble
Proverbs for Sam (Boxholder Records BXH 056)
Bill Cole (Chinese sona, didgeridoo, Indian shenai, Ghanaian flute, Indian Nagaswarm),
Joseph Daley (baritone horn, tuba, trombone), Sam Furnace (alto sax, flute), William Parker (bass), Warren Smith (multiple percussion, marimba, voice, whistle), Cooper Moore (diddly bow, rim drums, flute, voice), Atticus Cole (multiple percussion).
Composed by Bill Cole.
Recorded: live at Vision Festival, New York, June 1, 2001
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Without applying much thought, it would be far too easy to attach the "world music" moniker to what Bill Cole's ensemble does. Just a few minutes into the track, when you've heard the didgeridoo hold down its drone beneath all of that light, chiming percussion, you might be thinking of one of those attractive, multicolored-artwork world music compilation-type things. Further (and more attentive) listening will reveal the heart and spirit of Coltrane: the tuba hints at a bassline (which William Parker completes and extends), the vocals soar out in passion, and the saxophone plays the blues. Such joyous music as this can sway even the unconverted jazz neophyte. That might not have been Bill Cole's intention, but it's surely one of the results.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
Tags: 2000s jazz