Search: Herds






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: 93/100 (learn more)

Remember when jazz was dominated by visionaries who could subvert tradition by first adopting it as a foundation? That's how the guys in Search approach their music. "Herds" demonstrates their coup d'état mentality. Over David Moss's looping, ominous bassline, the trumpet and clarinet lob atonal volleys just as you're getting settled into the groove. Matthew Maley switches from clarinet to tenor sax just in time to play in a classical tone, but the notes selected don't conform to orthodoxy, as he and Moss follow each other along a harmolodic path. When RJ Avallone's brass returns, the rest of the band backs away awhile, allowing him to ponder, prod and eventually pull the group back in to resume the punctuated groove. Search sets up boundaries in "Herds" in order to bump against them. Thanks to the friction created through all that bumping, sparks fly.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


  • 1 Rick Henrickson // Mar 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    I've seen these cats live, and if you figure what they're doing on disc is out! This is palpable jazz, and by what universal folly their instruments don't simply, mercifully fall apart by the end of the night is beyond me.