Search: The Laws of Gravity


The Laws of Gravity




Today Is Tomorrow (Search Productions)

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Matthew Maley (tenor sax, clarinet),

RJ Avallone (trumpet, wood flute), David Moss (bass), Bryson Kern (drums)


Composed by Matthew Maley


Recorded: April 2007


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Many people have read descriptions both formal and informal of Ornette Coleman's approach to music, and have come away scratching their head, muttering something approximating "Hwuh-buh?" Of course, a much larger group of people have had that same reaction induced by actually listening to his music. This has always seemed like a minor tragedy to me. After all, the idea is simple enough: collective improvisation that lacks a key center and traditional harmonic structure. The members of Search, having spent a great deal of time discussing music with Ornette, seem to have resonated with his message and philosophy. "The Laws of Gravity" launches with a jagged line that features sax and trumpet in unison, reminiscent of Coleman's "Focus on Sanity." The harmolodic fun continues as saxophonist Matthew Maley and bassist David Moss trade ideas in an extended duet. This is really exhilarating stuff, respectful of Ornette while tossing a pile of new ideas on the table. And really, it's OK if you stop and say "Hwuh-buh?" on first listen.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


  • 1 Michele Wasilonsky // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:36 PM
    Love it!! I have the cd and find it a great harmony of music..