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Bifrost


  • Codice: ORIGIN82546
  • Produttore: Origin Records (USA)
  • Codice del produttore: 0805558254628
  • Prezzo: 64,99 zł
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Fusion Jazz/Modern Jazz
premiera polska:
2015-07-29,
Wydawnicto Audiofilskie

kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui
opis:

All About Jazz * * * * 1/2
A longtime member of ex-Pat Metheny Group drummer Paul Wertico's trio, enough has already been written about John Moulder's double life as jazz guitarist and ordained priest. Bifröst is Moulder's follow-up to the ambitious and eclectic Trinity (Origin, 2006), where the guitarist's spirituality became a touchstone for music ranging from the ethereal to the grounded, and from elegant folklore to potent, angst-driven fusion. What makes Bifröst even more satisfying is its narrowing of focus down from a larger cast of characters to a quintet, bringing together old friends Wertico and fretless electric bassist Brian Peters with new Norwegian ones, double-bassist Arild Andersen and saxophonist Bendik Hofseth.
That Andersen collaborated, early in his career, with Terje Rypdal makes this transatlantic first encounter all the more successful, given that Moulder's visceral, overdriven and often whammy bar-centric electric playing is unmistakably influenced by the Norwegian guitar legend. And while he certainly possesses his own voice, the sound of another Norwegian notable and early Andersen cohort, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, is an equal touchstone in Hofseth's tone and approach.
Here, Moulder's high energy electric is juxtaposed and combined with six- and twelve-string acoustic guitars to to create a context that hints, in some ways, back to Ralph Towner and Solstice (ECM, 1975). Bifröst's opening title track, in fact, speaks deeply of Towner's harmonic language and, with Wertico's light cymbal work and Hofseth's soaring lines, could easily fall into similar territory were it not for Andersen's in-the-gut double-bass and Moulder's searing electric solo. Moulder's serpentine melody weaves around ambiguous harmonies, as the piece builds dramatically-and inevitably.
Moulder may drive some of Bifröst with hard-edged electricity, but he's also capable of softer lyricism; his solo acoustic intro to the ultimately more buoyant "Watch Your Step"—where his acoustic melody is bolstered in strong, lilting unison by Hofseth and Peters— sounding like an outtake from Metheny's One Quiet Night (Nonesuch, 2003). "Echoes of Home," driven gently by Wertico's percussion, is another acoustic feature, with Moulder recalling Windham Hill's Alex DeGrassi, but with greater depth.
Andersen's remarkable combination of deep, resonant tone and lithe dexterity is a fundamental throughout the disc, with his solo intro to "Magical Space" a highlight as he builds phrase-after-phrase over a looped chordal wash. Once the group enters, setting a dark context for solos by Moulder (again, on acoustic) and Hofseth, its temporal elasticity recalls ECM classics like Bill Connors' Of Mist and Melting (1978). Wertico's restraint here is as impressive as his more powerful bent on the closing part of Moulder's episodic "Time Being," a 15-minute epic that ends with a repeating series of ascending chords, bringing the album to a strong and definitive close.
Quietly, and with little fuss, Moulder has built his voice as writer and performer, and a rare ability to conceptualize broader narratives. With Bifröst he leverages Trinity's ambitious nature into an album that may appear smaller in focus, but is ultimately even more expansive in overall sound, vision and chemistry.By JOHN KELMAN


allmusic.com
At the beginning of Bifrost, the sound from John Moulder and his half-American, half-Norwegian quintet is fairly exploratory, ambient. By the end of that first title track, though, the sound has developed into full electric guitar mania. Moulder has his way with his guitar, to say the least. Quickly going into the next piece, though, Moulder and the band morph into an early morning, introspective sound. It may sound an odd comparison, but from track to track, Moulder shows a willingness to expand the boundaries of basic guitar solos, hitting territories that aren't traditionally the domain of jazz proper -- similar in many ways to some of the work being done by other instrumentalists (such as Jake Shimabukuro, who started in other genres but found jazz as an element along the way). By the time the album nears its close with the longer, exploratory "Cold Sea Triptych," Moulder's compositional abilities have become clear, cleverly mixing Chicago nightclub cool and melodic exploration with European ambience and instrumental experimentation. Moulder's guitar remains the star for much of the course, but the other players make themselves integral parts of the whole whenever called upon. An excellent piece of work.
by Adam Greenberg

muzycy:
John Moulder: electric guitars, 12-string and 6-string acoustic guitars
Bendik Hofseth: tenor saxophone
Arild Andersen: double-bass
Paul Wertico: drums, percussion
Brian Peters: electric fretless bass, programming

utwory:
Bifröst
Watch Your Step (introduction)
Watch Your Step
Magical Space (introduction)
Magical Space
Echoes of Home
Cold Sea Triptych: Part 1
Cold Sea Triptych: Part 2
Cold Sea Triptych: Part 3
Time Being

total time - 58:01
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