Fred Lonberg-Holm: And You Smile
And You Smile
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)
Terminal Valentine (Atavistic 180)
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello),
Jason Roebke (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums).
Composed by Fred Lonberg-Holm.
Recorded: Chicago, July 24, 2006
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Fred Lonberg-Holm straddles the line between jazz and experimental music. After studying with Anthony Braxton and Morton Feldman, Lonberg-Holm began to establish himself in the New York avant-garde music scene. After his move to Chicago in the late 1990s, Lonberg-Holm increased his visibility with performances with Peter Brotzmannís Tentet and Ken Vandermark. With his 2007 effort Terminal Valentine, Lonberg-Holm offers ten compositions that display a wide range of styles. One of the albumís highlights is ďAnd You SmileĒ.
Beginning with a gorgeous arco passage, Londberg-Holm starts with a legato phrase before transitioning into a disjointed sounding melodic figure. What is most interesting about his sound is how easily he can change his expressions throughout the piece, at times sounding like a classical cellist and at other times resembling a free jazz saxophonist. The dynamic between the three musicians is quite palpable, with the solid rhythmic design of Roebke and Rosaly further augmenting Lonberg-Holmís sophisticated performance. An essential addition to the current state of improvisational cello.
Reviewer: Eric Wendell