Saturday, September 01, 2007

Graham Haynes - Full Circle (RKM Music, 2007)

Cornetist Graham Haynes works in a post-modern fusion of jazz and electronics, indebted to the Miles Davis LPs In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, but not slavishly emulative. Synthesizers, electric guitars and percussion create a progressive rock groove that Haynes solos over. Tracks that demonstrate this best include "Quarter Circle" which has a slow spacey beginning before a Davis like cornet floats over a plucked stringed instrument. Sounding like Davis' "Shhh... Peaceful" remade for new technology, Haynes smears long notes of horn over the meditative backdrop. It's effective in small doses, but over the course of fourteen minutes it does tend to drag. "Standing Before Time" has distorted electronics floating above drums before an acoustic piano moves in giving the proceedings an electro-acoustic feel. This is an admirable if not entirely successful experiment. It would have been nice to hear Haynes play a little more rather than letting the electronics handle the bulk of the groove. Fans of Nils Petter Molvaer or Thievery Corporation, may find the music here interesting, but devotees on more traditional jazz will feel a little out of place.

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