Frank Macchia: Landscapes IV Arctic Chill


Landscapes IV Arctic Chill


Frank Macchia (tenor sax)


Landscapes (Framac Music FMC512)

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Frank Macchia (tenor sax),

The Prague Orchestra conducted by Adam Klemens


Composed by Frank Macchia


Recorded: 2007


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

This track reminds me (in a slightly less uncomfortable way) of Ornette Coleman's work on the Naked Lunch soundtrack. Macchia's sax paints short, bluesy lines that mirror the sparse contours played by The Prague Orchestra. This does not mean that "Arctic Chill" is tension-free. Quite the opposite, as initial passages from the string section set up an ominous atmosphere that Macchia's improvised sax lines don't completely disperse. Toward the end of his solo, it almost sounds as if the sax is pleading with the strings before slipping out one last forlorn restatement of the theme that seems like a surrender.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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