Sunday, September 22, 2019

Daniel Carter / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi - Electric Telepathy, Vol. 1 (577 Records, 2019)

This is an excellent collective work by Daniel Carter on saxophones, clarinet and trumpet, Patrick Holmes on clarinet, Matthew Putman on keyboards, Hilliard Greene on bass, Federico Ughi on drums, otherwise known as the Telepathic Band. The group recorded an long improvised session and then took the tapes to guitarist and producer Stelios Mihas who produced two records (vol. 2 TBA.) The opener "Flesh Dialect" is a hot nineteen minute slab of bubbling music, with keyboards and drums initially developing an eerie soundscape sounding like a futuristic science fiction processional filled with swirling incantation. The horns enter four minutes in, two clarinets adding layers of graceful sound over strata of bowed bass, percussion and keyboards which results in a vibrant tapestry and a very impressive extended collective improvisation. "Horticultural Techniques" has bass and cymbals setting the pace as the reeds enter and the full band develops their performance around the deep and propulsive rhythm. The crisp drumming focuses the otherwise dreamy music, providing a focal point around which the waves of keyboard, thick bass and floating tenor saxophone can pivot. The very short track "Ease Tease" features trumpet and clarinet framed by drums, then invaded by the keyboards, played in a manner that is much more shrill in nature than we have heard previously. "Ghost-Watch" builds carefully from spare keyboard, trumpet and bowed bass, as they create sound in an architectural formation, sounding very open and free, with jabs of electronics and and dynamic shifts in volume and tempo. The full band swings into a swirling hypnotic improvisation, before a downturn into spectral haunting conclusion. The final track, "Lust Call," opens with Carter's saxophone soloing in free space, before the drums and keyboards build in, raising the intensity of the performance through chiming keyboards and beautiful golden toned saxophone. The space that is opened at the end of the album is unique as this electrical tinged album is concluded by tenor saxophone and drums playing beautiful and subtle acoustic jazz. This album worked very well, perhaps an analogue from the past might be the dreamier work of Miles Davis like Filles de Kilimanjaro or In a Silent Way, brought into the present day through modern electronics and production techniques. The band plays lights-out, creating a unique and creative sound environment can be enjoyed by a wide range of music fans if they only open their ears. Electric Telepathy Vol. 1 -

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