Alex Terrier: Tompkins Square
Alex Terrier (soprano sax)
Roundtrip (Barking Cat Records BCR1001)
Alex Terrier (soprano sax),
Roy Assaf (piano), Francois Moutin (bass), Steve Davis (drums), Edouard Brenneisen (guitar).
Composed by Alex Terrier.
Recorded: April 27 & 28, 2009
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Alex Terrier can play all the saxophones, but his soprano is one of the more poetic and naturally sounding expressions heard out of that horn in a long while. “Tompkins Square” makes a good demonstration for this unique talent of his. Against the backdrop of a pondering but lightly swinging melody, Terrier’s sax sings with the articulation and cadence of a mockingbird, using the instrument as an extension of purely human expression. Terrier’s soliloquy is interrupted for a while by Brenneisen’s spacious, intelligent and bop-minded guitar. Terrier returns with a series of smoothly connected phrases that are personal and original.
On “Tompkins Square,” one understands the notion that jazz is not about scales, notes and structures; it’s about making a joyful sound.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 2000s jazz