Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blaise Siwula, Dom Minasi, Nobu Stowe & Ray Sage, New York Moments, 2006

...and speaking of New York, there's time today to cover another first-rate avant jazz outing going back to 2006. It's Blaise Siwula, Dom Minasi, Nobu Stowe and Ray Sage holding forth at length on New York Moments (Konnex). Anyone familiar with the New York improv scene know these are players with formative Big Apple profiles, although pianist Nobu Stowe spends more time on the West Coast of late.

In any event this set features alternately blazing and then more introspective fully improvised moments in time, a slice of undistilled creativity if you will. Blaise Siwula gets to the heart of the matter with some of his best recorded work on soprano, alto and tenor, guitarist Dom Minasi puts in some very effective fully activated electric guitar work, showing us a thinking-man's approach to guitar harmo-melodicism, Ray Sage kicks everything up several notches on freely flowing drums and Nobu Stowe puts us on notice that he can (and does) give us an all-over turbulance but also can flourish quite definitely as an ultra-chromatic out piano lyricist and tonal-center inventor of lively piano.

That's the gist of the session but it is of course in the hearing that the moment is given meaning.

And happy to say, the meaning is out front and moving with this kinetic grouping of like souls. Grab this one.

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