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Staring at the Sun
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
As up-front and unmistakable as Peter Epstein's saxophones are on this globetrotting album, it's his group conception that stands out. Drummer Jim Black, who's made bands like Human Feel and albums like Dave Douglas and th... more »
As up-front and unmistakable as Peter Epstein's saxophones are on this globetrotting album, it's his group conception that stands out. Drummer Jim Black, who's made bands like Human Feel and albums like Dave Douglas and the Tiny Bell Trio's Live in Europe and Ellery Eskelin's Jazz Trash sound wildly percussive, plays circles around ordinary time signatures and rhythmic pulses. Epstein's easily a match, spreading sheets of tone over Black's tiny gestures on various clangorous objects, and together, the two make a great pair of polarities for Jamie Saft on accordion and Chris Dahlgren on acoustic bass to bounce off of. There are international touches galore, with Epstein shining when his horn is trained on longer, swiveling phrases. The music's overall feel leans Balkan without ever showing its full flush of influences. At times Epstein commands this compact band as if he's thinking of Ornette Coleman's late-1950s quartet, nearing a full romp of emotion while tethering the pace. Saft's accordion is strong, way off center in a way that speaks to his own work on piano and organ (especially with Bobby Previte's mid-1990s groups). Once you get into this recording, it's unbelievable how crystal clear every detail is and how creatively sculpted the tunes and solos are. A fantastic experience from start to end. --Andrew Bartlett
An excellent new album by an excellent young saxophonist.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Peter Epstein may not be a familiar name in the avant-garde jazz scene, but I am sure it is only a matter of time before it is. This first album is remarkable, not for a first album, but as a piece of music. His sound is clear and pure, and there is never a sense of hesitancy that I find follows so many musicians trying to make a sound for themselves. It is simple, yet complex at the same time. He accomplishes what every artists thrives for: a sense of seamlessness, effortlessness. "Peter Epstein" dissapears, and one is left only with the music!!! His compositions are very inovative, but beyond anything else, they are beautiful. The quartet, as well, is untouchable. A must for anyone searching for a new voice in Jazz."
Pure poetry. Incredible musicianship!
Michael Freeman | Durango, Colorado | 02/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music on this disc is simply breathtaking. It is lush, lyrical, pensive, and yet energized with the most inspired and exciting musical conversations between Peter Epstein and his band. You will not be disappointed; you will be mezmerized! There is a lyricism here that is rarely found anywhere. A minute or two into the first track, "In Your Voice," and you will hear what I mean."