Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Barry Altschul - The 3Dom Factor - (TUM, 2013)

Drummer Barry Atlschul never really left the progressive jazz scene but after he was quite active in the 1970’s with Sam Rivers and Chick Corea, he spent a couple of quieter decades teaching and working in collaborative groups. His profile started to rise once again a few years ago with an excellent duet disc with saxophonist Jon Irabagon called Foxy and a widely revered reunion concert release with Sam Rivers and Dave Holland, Live in New York. On this album, he reunites with Irabagon and bassist Joe Fonda for an exciting and freewheeling trio date. The group presents a wide range of material from free jazz, to funky beats and ballads. The title track “The 3dom Factor” gets the album off to a rousing start with Irabagon’s stringent saxophone playing off against meaty bass and rolling drums. “Papa's Funkish Dance” and “Be Out S'cool” keep the music moving forward briskly. The trio is very well integrated with one another which allows solos, collective improvisations and breakout trios to organically evolve. In this sense, the music is somewhat reminiscent of the great Rivers/Holland/Altschul trio of the 1970’s but with some differences. Irabagon sticks to saxophones only and the leader is much more aggressive than he was in the earlier trio. Regardless, the music here is top notch and should not be missed. The 3dom Factor

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