miércoles, 10 de junio de 2009

Rob Brown Trio - High Wire (1993)

This trio session was altoist Rob Brown's first as a leader. All three musicians had served time in Cecil Taylor's bands and the listener indeed gets a strong sense of the Jimmy Lyons influence here, with perhaps some Oliver Lake thrown in for good measure. In fact, if you dropped Taylor from his early-'70s band (with Lyons, Sirone, and Andrew Cyrille) and updated it by a couple of decades, you might very well come up with something approximating this disc. Brown has a liquid and linear way of phrasing that allows him to glide through the relatively free structures he's created here (all the compositions are penned by him) and even when he drives scorching to the outer limits of his horn, there's an innate lyricism that's never far below the surface. When he takes off into the ether on tracks like "Just a Touch," the results mark a high-water mark in the ecstatic jazz scene of the early '90s. Older listeners might argue that, for all its technical proficiency, the music is essentially a regurgitation, with little real advancement, of music first heard in the late '60s and early '70s, and there's certainly something to be said for this point of view. For younger listeners, however, those weaned on the experimental rock scene, the musicians in this trio and others opened many a conceptual door. Parker is a solid enough mainstay here, though one might wish for a bassist with a less muddy tone, someone (like Sirone!) more capable of punching through the storms. Krall has a precise, coloristic attack that serves well as a foil for both of his comrades. Brown shows himself in full command of his horn and if, ultimately, High Wire is more a free blowing session than an exposition of ideas (the tunes are a bit sketchy and perfunctory), it's a solid, enjoyable one that fans of the downtown New York scene will want to own. (Brian Olewnick)

1.- Hex Key
2.- Totter
3.- Revealing
4.- Just A Touch
5.- Turmoil
6.- Trickster

Rob Brown (alto saxophone); William Parker (bass); Jackson Krall (drums).

Recorded on July 22, 1993 at Tom Tedesco's Studio, N.J.

7 comentarios:

Travis dijo...


Sardo dijo...

Thanks, Rob Brown always welcome.

El hurón dijo...

Gracias Travis

Anónimo dijo...

Like usual, dear Brian Olewnick doesn't know is fact. Not surprising as does only this review to win a little money. High Wire is not his first CD as leader because the first on was recorded 4 years earlier on Silkheart under the name of ROB BROWN TRIO: BREATH A RYTHM (1989). And guess what? The "muddier" William Parker was already playing the bass (with the mighty Dennis Charles on drums). BVut, as usuel BO didn't do his home work (PLM)

kike hurtado dijo...

Gracias Travis

Rob Brown me vuelta la cabeza con este trio. Excelente elección, como siempre!

saludos fraternos, Kike.

Martin dijo...

Travis, excelente como siempre. Muchísimas gracias.

Neroon001 dijo...

I am a bit confused by the review,I admit that the only person that is known to me is the bass player.Is he (the reviewer)wishing that this record was made 20 years earlier with a different band ? About the only points that I can make out from this review are he does not like the bass player and is a fan of Sirone,the drummer is ok and one would have to be young and follow the downtown NY scene to like this record.There are only a few lines at best about the sax player,hardly anything about the record itself.This is why I really don't like professional record reviewers/critics,I have better luck with people who leave comments and the people who post the albums themselves.Anyway thank you for sharing this record and letting me make up my own mind if I like the record or not.