listening to…May15-19, 2012

A few weeks ago, I stumbled into my copy of Cecil Taylor’s Momentum Space back in the vault. I guess I bought it, listened to it and filed it, now I’m crazy about this album. Top shelf production with stellar performances by the trio. Pretty exciting to have Elvin here and the opening phrases by Dewey remind me of Jimmy Lyons. I never know what Cecil is going to do next when he’s playing, that’s part of his magic. Truly a historic moment.

I was looking for my copy of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition with it’s heavenly version of Central Park West, so I pulled a few of his other albums. Saudades is a tribute to organist Larry Young, great but sometimes it slips too much into John Scofield’s thing. Beautiul when Young’s spirit shines through the music, Sco is still hip though.

DeJohnette’s Rev. King Suite on Sorcery reminds me of Alice Coltrane, melody on the organ. The low pass filter fluttering away on his drums is real trippy.

Both Kuhn and Kikuchi were recorded in NYC, Kuhn sounds like it and Kikuchi is a bit closer in feel to the ECM motherland. I’m familiar with Masabumi Kikuchi from recordings with Paul Motian, this is Motians last date before his passing last November.

May 15, 2012

Steve Kuhn Trio – Wisteria (ECM)
Masabumi Kikuchi with Paul Motian – Sunrise (ECM)

May 18, 2012

Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Dewey Redman – Momentum Space (Verve)
Jack DeJohnette – Special Edition (ECM)
Jack DeJohnette, Larry Goldings, John Scofield aka Trio Beyond – Saudades (ECM)

May 19, 2012

Jack DeJohnette – Pictures (ECM)
Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery (Prestige)

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog.

  1. I love Momentum Space, including Dewey Redman’s contributions. But I get the impression that Dewey wasn’t totally comfortable in that context – he stops playing on some tracks long before the end, and once I undertook the exercise of adding up the minutes each musician actually plays on the album. I’ve lost my figures, but Dewey’s playing time was pretty short.

    No matter – it’s an incredible album, and I love Dewey’s playing with Cecil, especially on alto.

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