|Fields, Scott / Samuel|
|Label:||New World Records|
|Add Date:||2009-10-11||Pull Date:||2009-12-13||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||13 Dec||6 Dec||22 Nov||15 Nov||25 Oct|
|1.||Dec 08, 2009:||Memory Select |
|4.||Nov 14, 2009:||Music Casserole |
|2.||Dec 01, 2009:||Memory Select |
Ghost Trio [excerpt]
|5.||Oct 20, 2009:||Memory Select |
Eh Joe [cont'd], Eh Joe
|3.||Nov 17, 2009:||Memory Select |
SCOTT FIELDS ENSEMBLE: Samuel |
New World, 2009
AVANT-GARDE – OK, this is just amazing. In this mad-sounding quartet disc, guitarist Scott Fields takes the text of three plays by Samuel Beckett (spoken lines and stage directions alike) and transforms it all into a complex musical code, which the band renders instrumentally. The result sounds wholly spontaneous and yet clearly isn’t, reflects human speech cadences yet is unpredictably scattered, and is at once totally melodic and utterly bizarre. Fields has actually been working in this idiom for a while, so it also sounds quite polished.
Scott Fields - electric guitar
John Hollenbeck - percussion
Scott Roller - cello
Matthias Schubert - tenor sax
* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 2
1. 24:16 – quick-paced, percussive and scribbly, like an extended argument. Doesn’t vary much, but the second half has a bit more space.
2. 19:35 – slow and atmospheric, surprisingly melodic: creeps quietly on a sort of walking bass line, falls into many open, abstract spaces.
3. 20:52 – broadly scattered and quiet with otherworldly harmonies, wide expanses; ever so gradually coheres into loud, coordinated motion
[ Fo ] 10/10/09
|1.||Not I||2.||Ghost Trio|