Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ivo Perelman - The Edge (Leo, 2013)

Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman has been issuing albums at a furious rate recently, almost like in the 1950’s and 60’s when artists like John Coltrane would issue two or three albums per year. Like Coltrane, Perelman’s albums are continually questioning the musical orthodoxy and looking for new parts of the musical map to explore. On this album Perelman is in the association of frequent collaborator Matthew Shipp on piano, Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. “Clarinblasen” starts with ominous bowed bass before the rest of the band enters. The band is very powerful, with Shipp dropping percussive piano chords while Perelman sweeps majestically through it all. “Lancaster” has a freely opening start, and then moves into potent improvisation. Morris, Bisio and Dickey make an amazing rhythm team and it is clear that this is a truly collective band. Perelman drives the music hard with gales of saxophone that are thrilling to behold. The group builds to a fabulous improvisation, laying it all on the line. “Volcanic” encapsulates everything this band is about and is practically a mission statement for the incredible outpouring of great music Preleman has been releasing of date. Standing on the shoulders of Albert Ayler, and Pharoah Sanders, Perelman stakes his own claim to the cosmos with some astonishing playing rendering his considerable technique into the realm of pure emotion. “Websterisms” is a fascinating way to close the album, conjuring the huge brawny tone of Ben Webster and using it to his own devices, to create a loving tribute. The Edge -

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