Rebecca Cline and Hilary Noble / Enclave: Crossroads
Enclave Diaspora (Enclave Jazz)
Fernando Huergo (electric bass), Steve Langone (drums).
Composed by Rebecca Cline & Hilary Noble.
Recorded: March and June 2008
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Enclave Diaspora's liner notes inform us of the derivation of the words:
ENCLAVE/DIASPORA, DIASPORA/ENCLAVE … two opposing yet connected poles …
ENCLAVE implying the enclosed, the separate, the uncommon community …
DIASPORA speaking to the dispersion of that community, its casting out,
its "seeding forth" (Greek "dia": through, "spora": seed)
OK … whatever you say. I suppose a visit to Wikipedia will crystallize it all for me.
"Crossroads" is progressive jazz in the Afro-Cuban mode. Intricate rhythms are present from the riff-filled introduction. Hilary Noble's saxophone and Rebecca Cline's piano are involved in a give-and-take conversation. Cline takes the first aggressive Latin jazz solo. Noble follows with a more straight-ahead turn. At times he takes it out. The rhythms overtake the proceedings and lead us back to the catchy head.
I find the music easier to understand than the liner notes. But this is good music and is a pleasure to listen to. Who needs to read anyway? (I am kidding about that last part. Reading is very important.)
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky