Frank Macchia: Landscapes IV – Arctic Chill
Landscapes IV – Arctic Chill
Frank Macchia (tenor sax)
Landscapes (Framac Music FMC512)
Frank Macchia (tenor sax),
The Prague Orchestra conducted by Adam Klemens.
Composed by Frank Macchia.
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