Here is more
free jazz, this time from Joseph Daley, the composer/brass player and
his cohorts Warren Smith (percussion) and Scott Robinson (woodwinds),
working together under the heading of The Tuba Trio. Their new cd pays
tribute to their idol, the visionary free-jazz pioneer, Sam Rivers, who
lit up the avant-garde scene back in the 60s and 70s with his NYC loft
concerts at Studio RivBea.
One of Rivers famous compositions, Beatrice, dedicated to his wife
and partner is everything,, is revisited by The Tuba Trio,
who put their own stamp on the tune, playing tuba, vibraphone and bass
flute/tenor sax, respectively, to suffuse it with a shimmering, ethereal
beauty. The other six compositions are all originals by Daley, who has
also won plaudits for his work as a sideman for such bandleaders as Gil
Evans, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden.
All three of the musicians on THE CHRONICLES play multiple instruments
to achieve their unique sound (including euphonium, marimba, theremin
and Chinese cymbals). Together they go from dark to light, mellow sax
to fiery brass, slashing drums to delicate tinklings. The complex, always-changing,
evocative music will clear your ears and brain, make you think of jazz
in a new way.