To this listener, the quartet generates a drama of gradual enlightenment, as if extroversion signified some sort of illumination.
It might seem a stretch to pair drummer Andrew Cyrille’s disc with composer/trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s. But both spent time under the tutelage of the redoubtable Cecil Taylor, and it shows.
New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
Nothing that guitarist Pat Metheny had done previously hinted at this sprawling 1981 masterpiece.
To my ears, the pieces in Entendre are fascinating, if not particularly funky.
It’s easy to single out each of these musicians, but listeners will hear the three as nearly one, which is surely what this trinity intended.
My guess is that Keith Jarrett probably wasn’t satisfied with this performance. I wouldn’t change a note, a gesture, or a shading.
The precision and inventiveness of Angular Blues more than meets our high expectations for this terrific trio.
This is an intelligent, inventively performed, be-boppish tribute to a composer I now know better than ever.
This fascinating documentary should be compelling to guitarists and to jazz fans in general.