Mcwain, Andy/Balgochian/Cook / Vigil
Album: Vigil   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mcwain, Andy/Balgochian/Cook   Added:Jan 2006
Label:Fuller Street Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-04-02 Pull Date: 2006-06-04 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jun 4 May 28 May 21 May 14 Apr 30 Apr 23 Apr 16
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 02, 2006: Memory Select
4. May 19, 2006: Memory Select
The Window Of Views
2. May 30, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
Absolute Blue
5. May 12, 2006: Memory Select
Absolute Blue
3. May 26, 2006: Memory Select, crypto edition
Impervious Light
6. Apr 28, 2006: The Top Shelf (sub for Natalie)
Ceremonial Moon

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-03-31
Piano trio in an open, free context. McWain tosses out splashes of piano with richly jazzy chords and harmonies, backed by bass and drums. Kind of a dark nighttime feel overall, maybe from McWain's preference for low/middle registers. Tracks are improvised by the group. I really liked McWain's piano playing on the last CD he sent us, and these are some nice samples of what he can do (the bass and drums, by Albey Balgochian and Laurence Cook, respectively, are good too). I'm partial to the fast tracks, but don't ignore the slower ones, which have their share of dense, active moments.

1- Stumbling, spare. Gets into a more robust jam later
2- Slow, delicate, with groany bass. Darkly intense at -3:00
3- Jumbly, active. Quite fast with great piano c.-5:30 Great flowing energy.
4- Very slow and sparse, into some active, restrained passages
5- Crystal cascading, mid/fast w/fast drum frills. Gets into some rapid jamming with really fast bass
6- Splashy fast.
7- Grumpy bass; then flowery piano, fairly fast

Track Listing
1. Absolute Blue   4. Offerings In Purple
2. Vigil   5. Ceremonial Moon
3. The Window Of Views   6. Impervious Light
  7. Indestructible Red