Friday, November 23, 2012

Jon Irabagon With Mike Pride And Mick Barr ‎– I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze

This one track album of pure excitement is a continuous blast of energy from Jon Irabagon on tenor saxophone, Mike Pride on bass and Mick Barr on drums. The first volume of this series was a shot of excoriating noise with just Irabagon and Pride and things are ramped up even further with the addition of Barr and his his thrilling and hyper-kinetic guitar playing. I hear echoes of classic performances from the end of John Coltrane’s career like “Vigil” and “Sun Ship” where the trio develops little motifs and then using those as springboards to to further their open ended improvisational search. Collective improvisation is the most important of the musical approaches here. Although any one of the instrumentalists could dominate the proceedings if they so chose, the results are remarkably democratic, with everybody working together to push the boundaries of exploration to its limits. Although this could be daunting to listen to: forty-seven minutes of uninterrupted loud improvised jazz, there is no sense of the music being some grim-faced, testosterone fueled blowing contest. Although the music is undoubtedly muscular, there is a sense of fun and joy that comes from the music and riches the musicians find along their quest. This thrilling album isn’t for the faint of heart, but its not a one-trick pony either. There’s a lot going on underneath the surface that make this a remarkable album. I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze - amazon.com

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