Fred Randolph: Eclipse
Fred Randolph (bass)
New Day (Creative Spirit)
Fred Randolph (bass),
Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Rob Roth (tenor & soprano saxes), Art Hirahara (piano), Tim Bulkley (drums), David Frazier (percussion).
Composed by Fred Randolph.
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
"All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws." – John Coltrane
The beauty of this piece is its motion. It gives the distinct impression that it's already gaining momentum before the track even begins and it's up to the listener to get up to speed. The sun, moon and earth of Randolph, Bulkley and Hirahara align in sonic syzygy and conjure the common gravitation of this compelling composition that sounds like it could've premiered at Newport in the '60s – not a copy or throwback, just a classic Real Book tune. Roth, Jekabson and Hirahara contribute brio solos, and Frazier's percussion adds atmosphere, but this track's axis is the bass. If one listens to Randolph's music closely enough, traces of Trane and flecks of Fagen appear, but what abounds is his cosmological knowledge of the ever-expanding field of jazz astronomy.
"When you get a groove going, time flies." – Donald Fagen
Reviewer: Marissa Dodge