|Ecfa Trio / Die Faden|
|Add Date:||2004-12-19||Pull Date:||2005-02-18||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||13 Feb||30 Jan||2 Jan||26 Dec|
|1.||Feb 11, 2005:||Memory Select |
|3.||Dec 27, 2004:||Multiple Personality Disorder |
Faruq's Tone Row
|2.||Jan 28, 2005:||Memory Select |
Faruq's Tone Row
|4.||Dec 24, 2004:||Memory Select, late night version |
Sax, violin, and drums in a setting crossing between composed free jazz and avant-garde chamber music. More structure than British free improv or the noisy-blowout camp, but still a very open environment with lots of space for group noodling.|
Definitely has a "homemade" feel, with its middling sound quality, but there's some very interesting music in here. Plus, anybody that calls out Faruq Z. Bey (the namesake of Track #1) is worth a listen... but be forewarned, this stuff is a bit more cerebral, less soulful that Faruq's work.
(If I may digress... Faruq plays powerful, spiritual free jazz in a glorious post-Coltrane mode. Worth checking out if you've never heard him.) (Digressing further: Track 3 dedicated to Charles Waters of Gold Sparkle Band, another outfit worth hearing.)
By the way... E.C.F.A. = Emanation Creation Formation Action. Carl Smith (sax), Jason Friedrich (drums), James Alexander (viola). The band hails from somewhere near Austin, Texas, and -- if I may name drop again -- they're buddies with Tina Marsh and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, a little known outfit well worth seeking out (especially if you're more into "regular" jazz -- the Co2 band gets plenty weird but they've also got fantastic in-the-pocket chops on many tracks.)
Web site: www.ecfamusic.com
1- Mid/fast, loping theme. Aggressive group improv.
2- Slow, chamber-like, with some aggressive drumming
3- Spritely chamber feel, upbeat strolling.
4- Similar to #2, maybe a bit more on the free-jazz side
5- An abstract tangle, fairly energetic. A slow feel but gets intense.
6- Upbeat, lightly dancing, with a flute added for a soft feel.
|1.||Faruq's Tone Row||4.||Variations in a|
|2.||Variations in C||5.||Big Mess|
|3.||Waters Variations||6.||3 Eggs|