|Revolutionary Ensemble, the / And Now...|
|Artist:||Revolutionary Ensemble, the||Added:||11/2004|
|Add Date:||2004-11-22||Pull Date:||2005-01-24||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||23 Jan||16 Jan||9 Jan||26 Dec||12 Dec||5 Dec|
|1.||Jul 20, 2006:||Cognitive Overload |
|4.||Jan 07, 2005:||Memory Select (Parts 1 & 2) |
|2.||Jan 21, 2005:||Memory Select |
|5.||Dec 24, 2004:||Memory Select, late night version |
|3.||Jan 13, 2005:||Umami Jazz Program |
|6.||Dec 10, 2004:||Memory Select |
Reunion of a trio from the glorious "loft jazz" days of late '70s free jazz -- Leroy Jenkins (violin), Sirone (bass), and Jerome Cooper (drums). Spirited group work with lots of free scribbling on violin, as you'd expect. Excellent stuff. |
Leroy gets two compositions (2,4) as does Sirone (1,5). Track 3, by Jerome Cooper, is the centerpiece, and it makes this whole session much more than a reunion. "911-544" feels like the kind of piece that burns a hole in the composer's head; something that has to get out at all costs. But Cooper hasn't recorded a lot in recent years (or maybe his music just hasn't gotten out to the west coast?).... so it's gratifying to see him get a venue for presenting this work, and performing it with two long-time friends, no less. It's a performance you really shouldn't miss.
1- Twiny, with artsy European flair. Fairly fast.
2- Slow start; gets furious and blurry
3- The centerpiece: A 20-minute song with obvious 9/11 connotations. Lots of phases here... it starts appropriately disturbing and gloomy, shrill and weird. Most of the piece is energetic, often chaotic -- what sounds like Cooper overdubbed on drums, piano, balaphone -- and punctuated with quiet moments. Ends on a tight free-jazz segment.
4- Angular and mid/slow, chaotic. Slower second half.
5- Slow and drunkenly happy.