Monday, May 25, 2015

Cene Resnik Quartet, Live, From the Sky

On the docket today is a lesser-known (in the States) European free-avant jazz quartet live the the Ljubljana Jazz Festival in 2013. More specifically it is the Cene Resnik Quartet and their album From the Sky (Clean Feed 299). Resnik fronts the band on tenor sax in a program of free music that makes good use of Emanuele Parrini on violin, Giovanni Maier on double bass and Aljosa Jeric on drums.

Resnik has a sort of post-Sam-Rivers, post-Ayler dynamic expressiveness which sounds well throughout. He is consistently inventive. Parrini and Maier sometimes sound as a two-person string section, other times pair off as front-line soloist-rhythm, though the boundaries are fluid. Both are players of imagination, impressive each in her/his own way. Jeric drums freely and appropriately.

It is real-deal free-avantness and perhaps not likely to appeal to those who do not dwell in those realms. Those who do, however, will find this a very interesting set, perhaps not one of the most astounding of the decade, but quite competent, imaginative and dedicated.

I look forward to hearing more from these four improvisers. They are true artists and come off well here.

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