• Kod: DE5004
  • Producent: Delmark (USA)
  • Kod producenta: 0038153500429
  • Wykonawca: Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystals
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 59,99 zł
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Soul Jazz / AACM / Avant Jazz
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: plastikowe etui

Najnowsza płyta jednej z najbardziej rozpoznawalnych jazzowych instrumentalistek, Nicole Mitchell. Jest jedną z niewielu afro-amerykańskich kobiet, które z powodzeniem poświęciły się kreatywnej muzyce jazzowej. Znakomita flecistka i uczennica Jamesa Newtona, który w jednym z wywiadów powiedział, że artystka "swobodnie stosuje nowe techniki gry, których nie słyszał u żadnego innego flecisty".

Najnowszy projekt artystki powstał w doborowym składzie, na wibrafonie usłyszymy Jasona Adasiewicza, Josh Abrams na kontrabasie, Frank Rosaly za perkusją i w ostatnim utworze o znamiennym tytule „Fred Anderson” mąż Nicole Mitchell - Calvin Gantt.

Editor's onfo:
Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal project explores water and glass chemistry of flute and vibes, by combining the creative flutist with young luminary Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone. Ice Crystal's sound reminds us of the legendary collaboration between flutist Eric Dolphy and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, but with a Chicago twist. Expression of yet another color in Mitchell's kaleidoscope of approaches, Aquarius is blues-inflected serenity, playfully swinging to the ethereal. Mitchell may have migrated to California, but her Chicago story continues, as she teams up with veteran improvisers Joshua Abrams (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums) and Jason Adasiewicz to take free swing to the nth degree.

[. . .] “Aquarius” is the first album by her group Ice Crystal, a quartet with three Chicago musicians: the vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, the bassist Joshua Abrams and the drummer Frank Rosaly. It’s smaller-concept than usual for her. In her past work, with groups of varying size and sound, there are a lot of suites and big themes, works inspired by the science-fiction author Octavia Butler, Michelle Obama and the planet Earth. This record, by contrast, is more like a day in the working life of a small band: self-contained songs and structures, swinging or free, all representing the Chicago ideal of unassuming art that reaches far beyond its matte finish.

Aside from everything else Ms. Mitchell is an excellent flute player, fast and fluid, hyper-melodic, alert to the moment, interested in negative space and breadth of sound. It’s not surprising to hear a jazz flutist influenced by Eric Dolphy; what’s surprising is to hear one who can play at his level. And a few tracks here, particularly “Aqua Blue” and “Expectation,” pretty closely approximate the sound of Dolphy with the vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson from the 1964 album “Out to Lunch!,” with the rhythm section’s hard midtempo swing.

Mr. Adasiewicz has his own versions of Mr. Hutcherson’s hard clanks and glassy shimmers. He’s always building a bed of texture for Ms. Mitchell to play over, and though she solos more, they turn out to be a team you’ll want to hear more of, one of jazz’s special front-line relationships.

Not every song on “Aquarius” unfolds so concisely as those, with such clear landmarks. Some, like the title track and “Above the Sky,” are more like instrumental chants or sun salutations, with deeper grooves or rustling rubato. Others, toward the middle of the album, use various strategies of slow or frenetic movement for collective improvisation. In “Diga, Diga” the musicians leave rhythm behind and explore the possibilities of sound, Mr. Adasiewicz and Mr. Abrams using bows on vibraphone bars and bass strings, Mr. Rosaly using hands on drums.

Even when a piece sounds as if it’s going to be simple, Ms. Mitchell is too rigorous a composer just to set up a cycle of rhythm and chords and yield control. She guides the movement of these pieces into a unity and purpose. Her melodies and arrangements can suddenly bloom and intensify, deep in the middle of a repeated structure, or even toward the end of a piece, when you expect nothing but cruising [. . .]
by Ben Ratliff

[. . .] Mitchell largely forgoes extended techniques, centering instead on gliding, sonorous runs that thread gorgeously with the creations of her colleagues. “Adaptability” and “Sunday Afternoon” are arguable exceptions to that rule; on the former she adds some electronic echo, and on the latter reveals a harder, funkier intonation that harkens directly back to the maverick artistry of Roland Kirk. That these variations in inflection and tone are only used sparingly only enhances their impact.

The opener “Aqua Blue” nods directly at Herbie Hancock’s classic “Eye of the Hurricane” in its episodic structure and indexing suspensions that signal radiant solos by the leader and Adasiewicz. The effervescent interplay of “Today, Today” and “Yearning” tells even more expansive tales, alternating calming ensemble colloquy with thoughtful solo improvisations. Free textural explorations are the focus of “Diga Diga” and there’s a passage during the lush harmonic forest of “Expectation” that points definitively to the vibraphonist’s exemplary skill as accompanist.

Mitchell’s husband, Calvin Gantt, joins the group for the final piece, an eponymous encomium to departed saxophonist Fred Anderson. The sentiments voiced are simple, but heartfelt, and the piece achieves a visceral ascendancy in its closing-minutes that evokes the soaring, dearly-missed sound of Anderson’s horn. (No coincidence, either, that the album’s street date aligns in close proximity to his third posthumous birthday.) At nearly 70 minutes the program is a bit long-winded in sum, but it’s time definitely well spent [. . .]
By Derek Taylor

Nicole Mitchell: flute
Jason Adasiewicz: vibe
Josh Abrams: bass
Frank Rosaly: drums
Calvin Gantt: spoken word (10)

1. Aqua Blue [4:07]
2. Today, Today [8:10]
3. Yearning [6:46]
4. Aquarius [8:05]
5. Above the Sky [6:51]
6. Diga, Diga [4:29]
7. Adaptability [8:41]
8. Expectation [8:03]
9. Sudnay Afternoon [9:41]
10. Fred Anderson [4:10]

wydano: 2013-03
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