FOR his third recording as leader, New York-based saxophonist/composer Manricks has a fresh ensemble for these nine originals — three revisited from the album Labyrinth — and a cover of Eric Dolphy‘s Miss Ann.
Manricks treats Dolphy’s piece deftly and much more mildly. His beautifully expressive sax on the newer Labyrinth has a warmer, engaging tone that infuses the whole album.
Alan Ferber‘s trombone and Scott Wendholt‘s trumpet are used with restraint to enhance Cluster Funk and the pensive Nucleus.
Playing with dextrous liquidity that seems effortless, Manricks is well attuned to his rhythm section of Gary Versace, Joe Martin and Obed Calvaire in what is an intricate, engaging and accomplished outing.
File between: Mark Turner, Joshua Redman
Download: Nucleus, Mood Swing
Review also published in Play section of Sunday Herald Sun on October 10, 2010.
CD cover to come
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