Lost and Found — Oehlers/Grabowsky/Beck

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(Jazzhead)

THERE’S irony in repeatedly enjoying music celebrating reedman Eric Dolphy’s observation that “When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone, in the air. You can never capture it again”.
Yet saxophonist Jamie Oehlers says Lost and Found embodies Dolphy’s view because “nothing is preconceived”.
The totally improvised gestation achieves compelling coherence, development and resolution, leaving the listener wanting more.
Oehlers, Paul Grabowsky on piano and Dave Beck on drums (his vital input never overbearing) prize their freedom yet do not compete for attention, each superbly attuned to every change of mood and pace.
It’s eclectic: There is quiet dissonance and restless impatience in Evolution Part I, with Oehlers offering calm to choppy seas. Yet Part II has a slower interlude of subtle sax, simple piano and restrained drums. And in Ulysses there is clamour and quiet.
This music grabs you and hangs on — it’s worth defying Dolphy to capture.
DOWNLOAD: Evolution Part II.
FILE BETWEEN: Any great free improvisers.

Review by ROGER MITCHELL

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