Date: May 05 2012
Some musicians exude a life force just through the sound they create on an instrument. It is like a sonorous voice catching the ear, and making one keen to hear what the person has to say.
David Ades makes such a sound on the alto saxophone. It is bolder and broader than an alto has a right to be and, like a colour that changes with the light, can seem to emit swaggering joy one instant and desperate sadness the next, with barely a change in timbre.
A Glorious Uncertainty - a twin reference to the nature of improvisation and to his late father's attitude to each day - is a big statement from the Byron Bay-based Ades.
He recorded it in New York with Tony Malaby (tenor), Mark Helias (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums), furthering an association begun at the Wangaratta Festival 12 years ago.
This sets it apart from the stilted music that can result from such pilgrimages to collaborate with the Big Apple's gun players. Only truth is present here.
The pieces range from austere to exuberant, their variety offering the players not only fresh improvisational options but almost completely different sound worlds.
The sprawling tenor and swooping alto are sometimes akin to two great birds circling each other in a mysterious mating ritual, and at other times they hurtle towards the same emotional mark, unleashing all the sonic might at their joint disposal.
Like the horns, the sinuous team of Helias and Cleaver crams the music with vitality. This is powerful, imaginative and compelling jazz.
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A Glorious Uncertainty
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