GARY SCHWARTZ - LETTINGO LIVE THE MUSIC AND INFLUENCE OF ORNETTE COLEMAN 2013
Sharing the same elegance and refinement as in the original recordings and compositions of the great modern jazz pioneer , Gary Schwartz expands his jazz guitar territory to a full ensemble that tries and succeeds to deconstruct and rearrange . It may indeed sound cold and lifeless as far as a description goes but Gary and the ensemble present these brilliant old songs with a new beautiful wrapping that also has functional values with deep roots into the product itself, as his reinterpretations are truly - to a certain extent - subtle re-compositions that remain under the same original stylistic paradigm of fine balance between the beauty of harmonic disharmonies and crushing sacred melody.
This exercise is fluently intertwined with Gary’s original compositions that live up to their main function of completing this album as a fluent one , both on a stylistic level and on quality level . The quality is without doubt here since we’re not talking about a studio record. It takes lots of care to satisfy a jazz audience.
As mentioned before, one of the things that make this recording shine is the fact that it is captured as a live performance in Montreal. This way the dynamics are blooming and seem more obvious. Each instrument shines in great resolution as it is required for a Coleman thematic concert.
This rendition of Lonely Woman could be one of the most unique and creative . This will be a big surprise to any Coleman admirer. It starts with a slow build of delicate guitar parts that could induce a misconception to the listener that a guitar performance would never do any justice to this piece. When the main theme creeps in though, the guitar fades in the mix under the bludgeoning lenghty brass notes as it is desired, the guitar only creeping in slightly with a lingering tone similar to a sustained amp feedback over different notes. Quite interesting sound. The altered tempo and the disjunction between the slowed down horn melody and the paroxistic high speed drums give birth to one of the most original and interesting takes on this song.
However a very strong and catchy piece on here is Gary’s composition “Between The Lines” . It is a great closer and it blends very well with the overall sound and style while leaning more towards conventional harmony assuring a gradual ending of the adventurous modern listening experience.
An original and mindblowing starter and a beautiful and entertaining ending is a wonderful formula that can easily assure an overall excellent record. All of Gary’s composition are more than relevant in this context and they wonderfully break and prevent any underlying form of eventual stylistic monotony.
The recording quality is top notch and it is a bliss to give this one a spin even just for the fantastic brass textures and for those intricate idiosyncrasies in the drum section.
Highly recommended for Ornette Coleman admirers and general modern jazz fans alike.
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