Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hafez Modirzadeh - Post-Chromodal Out!

Post-Chromodal is a musical system, one that I can't claim to understand, but one nonetheless that makes exciting and accessible music. Given the title, there can be a connection between this album and the great inside/outside albums that Blue Note Records published in the mid 1960's, not only its clear predecessor, Jackie McLean's Destination Out, but a host of of the records by the likes of Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill. Hafez Modirzadeh plays alto and tenor saxophones, along with Amir ElSaffar on trumpet, Vijar Iyer on piano, Ken Filiano on bass and Royal Hartigan on drums. The music is divided in an interesting fashion, with a great many short fragments or "Facets" that will combine different instruments in different patterns, with a few longer tracks, that develop in a modern jazz fashion. The music looks to combine different cultures and structures and it works well, the music crosses boundaries while remaining true to the jazz heritage. The music is very complex, but feels right, exploratory and thoughtful, like dispatches from a group that is looking for a new way of interacting with each other and the music itself. Post-Chromodal Out - amazon.com

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