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Momentum Space
Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor
Momentum Space
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Momentum Space throws a sucker punch with its billing as a trio album, when in fact the three legends--tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist Cecil Taylor--only perform together on two selections....  more »


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All Artists: Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor
Title: Momentum Space
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Verve France
Original Release Date: 3/9/1999
Re-Release Date: 4/27/2007
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731455994421

Momentum Space throws a sucker punch with its billing as a trio album, when in fact the three legends--tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist Cecil Taylor--only perform together on two selections. But when they perform as a trio, it's a rare treat. On Redman's "Nine" Taylor unravels his customary arsenal of tone clusters, percussive jabs, and jarring trills. Jones keeps Taylor's nervy activity and Redman's sweet passionate cries in forward motion as he propels the composition with thundering polyrhythms. The trio takes a comparatively reflective view on Taylor's "Is," in which the pianist's broken-glass-like shards are balanced by Redman's Ornette-ish wails. The other compositions feature the musicians in either duet or solo settings. Taylor's solo performance of "Life As" finds the CD at its most pensive, while the duet between Redman and Jones on "Spoonin'" amounts to the CD's most playful and swinging moments. All in all, Momentum Space results in an engaging, if not erratic, listening experience. --John Murph

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An under-appreciated modern classic
Joseph D. Martin | Oakland, CA United States | 04/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Want to know what's wrong with jazz today? The fact that this fabulous album, made by three acknowledged masters and released on a major label, could be ignored by radio and the press, says it all. Though the three participants here share top billing, the CD sounds very much like Taylor's 1962 trio recording, "Nefertiti" and is more or less dominated by his musical vision. Like "Nefertiti," this is a classic example of Taylor's art--viruoso playing, fabulously expressive, totally individual. Jones and Redman are perfect foils, adding multi-layered rhythmic coherency and melodic sweetness, respectively. Unlike many of the safe, pre-digested CDs of re-tread '50s hard bop that draw critical raves these days, this is probing, challenging, emotionally gripping improvised music--ie, excellent jazz--by three great musicians. Sadly, most reviewers have apparently been as bewildered as the scribe above. (If anyone can figure he's trying to say in his last sentence, I'd be interested to hear what it is.) If you have an interest in Taylor, Jones or avante jazz in general, don't miss this one."
A delightful surprise!
Eric Wagner | 04/22/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Who'd have thought this?This is the recording of the avant-garde giant Cecil Taylor with the drummer from the legendary John Coltrane 4tet? To those familiar with both artists, the big question, does it work?One one had, you think yes, as both Cecil and Elvin are known for the extraordinary power and energy in their playing.On the other hand, it would not, because Elvin and Cecil rely on pulse and meter (or lack of it) in different ways which are usually not compatible.The answer is YES! All three players make strong individual efforts. It sometimes takes Elvin a little time to sync up with what Cecil does, but once they do, it is quite amazing stuff. For Cecil, it is markedly different then his recent recordings. His playing is not as layered, it is a dialogue between rhythmic chords and fast melodic lines. The chords have tonalities which recall some of his work from the early 70s."
What did you expect?
S. Hawkins | New York, NY | 11/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Three masters of forward-looking jazz coming together to create....something brilliant.Okay, fine, sometimes the idea of the "meeting of the masters" can disappoint, but not here. The album, although not a trio album per-se, features brilliant solo work and interaction between the musicians.What I found particularly interesting is the breaking down of the group into duos for the different compositions. Doing so creates an entirely different world of sound. Redman and Jones w/out Cecil Taylor results in groovy, hip music. Taylor and Jones is this amazing sonic barrage of notes and rhythms (neither instrument is at the forefront, it's great). And so on...So, yes, this is an album that lives up to the promises on the cover. It is well-worth the investment."