Anne Mette Iversen: Many Places
Anne Mette Iversen (bass)
Many Places (BJU Records BJUR 002)
Composed by Anne Mette Iversen.
Recorded: Hampton NJ, December 3 2007
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
For the first two minutes and the last minute of this song, Iversen plays a bowed bass in low, serious tones that affirms her classically trained background. The main, middle body of this song, however, is a briskly swinging affair. When Ellis introduces the sprightly theme consisting of a descending series of a trio of notes, the leader chucks the bow and begins to really drive this song. While she doesnít take any solos, itís hard not to notice her sure, supple sequence of notes that are neither too woody nor too soft, but a satisfyingly rubbery middle. Grissettís solo is chromatic, enterprising and hard swinging. He is soon trailed by Ellis leading an attractive progression of chords concocted by Iversen, and launching into a steaming articulation of notes.
Iversenís ability to craft tight melodies and enliven them with intelligent arrangements, along with agile bass playing, makes her a triple-threat force to be reckoned with.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 2000s jazz