Bill Carrothers: When Will The Blues Leave

The music of Ornette Coleman is chockfull of so many twists, turns and unexpected changes in direction that its structure (if it's fair to use that word) is as iconic as Coleman's unusual saxophone sound. It is for these reasons that it's always interesting to encounter interpretations of Ornette's music. Bill Carrothers celebrates the Coleman landscape by employing dizzying chromatic runs and very angular passages, all while swinging like mad. Credit for the swing factor must also be given to Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, who sound like they've been playing with Carrothers for their entire careers. Kudos to Bill Carrothers's colleague Marc Copland for helping to push this record out into the daylight.

October 13, 2008 · 0 comments


Paul Bley: When Will the Blues Leave

Paul Bley spent the mid-1960s making some of jazz's most fascinating choices. He performed with Jimmy Giuffre in a free-jazz trio, added additional layers of complexity to Sonny Rollins's "free period" and, perhaps most influentially, led this indefinable jazz trio with Peacock and Motian that is gradually receiving the acclaim it deserves. Far from traditional yet not completely free, Bley's dichotomous usage of structure and freedom form an undeniable link between the traditional mastery of Bill Evans and the modern prodigious talents of Jarrett, Mehldau, and Iverson. The piano solo on this track is fundamental Bley complex ideas made (more) accessible through his unhurried execution. Peacock and Motian move together as a single unit propelled by Motian's playful, melodic punches.

May 06, 2008 · 1 comment


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