Friday, September 15, 2017
Anemone, A Wing Dissolved in Light, Peter Evans, John Butcher, Paul Lovens, etc.
Gone are the head-solos-head one-by-one improvisational routines to be replaced by the group explorations "orchestrated" by the collective intuitions, restraint versus assertion dialectics that Anemone unveil so well. If this often enough is what new free jazz favors, it nevertheless poses a great challenge to the participants, since every minute must entail careful listening and a demand to make every note count.
Anemone shows us, not surprisingly, that they are masters of the instant form collective. There is no moment when the music seems unpurposive. On the contrary it all hangs together remarkably well.
If you want to know how evolved freedom jazz can be right now, this is as good an example as any.
So pay this one close attention if you can. It rewards with some sublime spontaneity.