Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ivo Perelman - The Art of Perelman - Shipp Volume 2: Tarvos (Leo Records, 2017)

The second volume of the series chronicling the work of saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp welcomes drummer Bobby Kapp into the fold for an excellent excursion into spontaneously improvised jazz. Their music has the power of deep communication and presents it in a powerful and palpable manner. "Part 1" has Kapp leading the group into a robust performance with a solo opening that is eventually met with full bodied saxophone and finally strong piano playing combining for an excellent improvised performance which allows ample room for experimentation. They culminate with torrential saxophone and drums combing for a full frontal assault before dropping off for a gentle conclusion. Haunting saxophone as at the heart of "Part 2" with subtle piano and percussion accompaniment. Their group improvisation is of a more subtle nature on this track, before picking up the pace to a low boil with whinnying saxophone framed by rhythmic piano and drums. "Part 3" is a tightly wound piece that evolves gracefully and creating an interesting perspective that allows for immediacy and interaction in the music which is happening in the moment and creating a unique atmosphere. The development of "Part 4" takes a fractured sensibility and uses it as a springboard for an interesting three way conversation. The musicians communicate with each other beautifully and this is passed on to the listener as the music becomes more strident and powerful. "Part 5" has a thoughtful and springy tempo allowing the musicians to dance around one another, engaging in an exciting creation of powerful low-end piano, strident saxophone, and skittering drums. The improvisation builds to an interesting fast paced free section that allows each musician to play to their strengths. Spare and lonely piano opens "Part 6" creating a vast soundscape for cymbal percussion, and finally long tones of deeply emotional saxophone. There is an atmosphere of deep yearning and restraint as the music develops organically, creating thoughtful and incisive renderings of their original music in the moment. The concluding "Part 7" has some very nice and subtle piano and percussion interplay, followed by ripe peals of saxophone that launch the music to a higher plane of interplay. The sound comes fast and furious, with Perelman's unique tone alternating between abrasive and lulling, and the piano and percussion shifting immediately with any changes in the music and creating precision ensemble playing. This was a very good album, one that is aesthetically pleasing and creates an immediate bond between the listener and the music. The trio creates spirited and many hued improvisations with their hearts proudly on their sleeves. Tarvos -

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