Thursday, April 12, 2007
The Naked Jazz:
Wonderful document of the free jazz sound of the late 1960's. This Danish four piece manage to stir up a very unique and singular expression within their music that even modern contemporaries have yet to fully touch upon. This is not a no-holds-barred blowing session, but it is a carefully plotted sketch that allows each player to add their own individual choices of color and sound to the palette. The musicianship here is quite stunning; not for the flashiness of the playing, but more for the observation of how each player plays their role within the piece. These are bold, naked sketches of jazz that must have been a challenge for the band and a challenge for the listener. This require a bit of patience and time to fully get the plot...but if you can manage to stay on board, it's a compelling journey.