Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
2000 + One
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Back when Stefan Winter ran the JMT label, drummer Paul Motian was always into something, excelling particularly in his strange-shaped trio with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell. Here's Motian again,... more »
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Back when Stefan Winter ran the JMT label, drummer Paul Motian was always into something, excelling particularly in his strange-shaped trio with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell. Here's Motian again, this time on Winter's stunning Winter & Winter records, with their bookbinding-styled gatefold sleeves and lovely attention to visual detail. His trio's changed shape, too, expanding into a quintet for much of this session. Motian's set up a rhythmic camp that'd make Ornette Coleman proud. There's Steve Swallow on electric bass and Larry Grenadier on acoustic bass, with Chris Potter on tenor sax. And then there's pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, who gives these slow-moving tunes a sense of urgency with his grunting and groaning--and a visceral execution that warrants the hubbub. Potter's tenor sounds delightful getting bounced between the differently thumpy basses, and he uses all the open space well with stair-climbs and jumping runs aplenty. --Andrew Bartlett
Adventurous and lovingly crafted
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This time out, the Paul Motian Trio includes bassist Steve Swallow and reedman Chris Potter. Both of them have worked with Motian before, in his Electric Bebop Band, but the material on this album is much looser, more open and exploratory than the EBB's music, and all of them stretch out and shine brightly in this freer setting. Intriguing compositions and impressive playing from all three -- especially Potter, who continues to grow more masterful with every new recording. And, while the liner notes proudly proclaim that this was an analog recording, the digital is not missed: this CD is sonically crisp, pristine and gorgeous, and Motian's drums have never sounded better. Recommended for all listeners who dig freebop and beyond."
Great Music Ruined By Groaning
Drischord | Los Angeles | 02/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fantastic lineup that will challenge your ear, but beware of Masabumi Kikuchi's atrocious groaning noises. You might think you know the territory if you've heard a lot of Keith Jarrett, but I can assure you, there is no comparison here. From the very first moment of the disc, Kikuchi starts in with his vomiting cat impression and it overshadows everything that is otherwise great about this record. Why Motian and Stefan Winter chose to keep these sounds so high in the mix baffles me. For that reason alone, I cannot recommend this disc, which is a shame because the rest of the band is in fine form. Chris Potter's "Pas de deux" is a highlight."