Jacob Garchik: abstract/01




Jacob Garchik (trombone)


abstracts (Yestereve 01)

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Jacob Garchik (trombone), Jacob Sacks (piano), Dan Weiss (drums).

Recorded: Paramus, NJ, November 24 or 24, 2005


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

"abstract/01" is an amalgam of jazz and contemporary classical music—a four-and-a-half minute piece in which the ratio of improvised-to-composed elements is obscure to the point of being almost immaterial. Trombonist Jacob Garchik's non-tonal opening melody, while presumably composed, is rendered with a quiet yet palpable spontaneity that morphs seamlessly into improvisation. Garchik plays sustained, thoughtful phrases with a tone as smooth as milk chocolate. Similar to the overall performance itself—which blurs the line between composition and improvisation—Garchik's solo seems to combine conscious decision-making with a seat-of-the-pants impulsiveness. Drummer Dan Weiss and pianist Jacob Sacks are both sensitive interpreters of Garchik's spacious concept, often responding to the trombonist's choices in tandem. The music rises and falls in brief episodes, giving the impression of being almost wind-blown. Abstract, to be sure, and very attractive in its willfully translucent way.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey

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