Sunday, March 1, 2009

Patrick Zimmerli: Twelve Sacred Dances (1994)

A lot of it is improvised, but sometimes there's virtually nothing at all out of the jazz tradition in Zimmerli's tone, which is rooted more firmly in the conservatory than some smoky demimonde. Except for those times when there's a lot of jazz in it, at which point you wonder, "Who is this guy, anyway, and why haven't I heard of him?" And while the three other members of the quartet have impeccable jazz bonafides, all are noted for being pretty dimissive of the boundaries between genres their own bad selves. Iverson and Anderson most of you know, probably, but you really oughta listen closely to Hollenbeck, too. And then you should go back a couple of months to check out the Achim Kaufmann recording that almost no one downloaded yet where Hollenbeck's contribution is just as significant and the music is cut from a similar cloth -- capital-S Serious without being high-falutin'.

Patrick Zimmerli: tenor saxophone
Ethan Iverson: piano
Reid Anderson: bass
John Hollenbeck: drums, percussion, marimba

1 The Tenor Alone
2 Introit
3 Submersion I
4 Fragment a
5 Introit II (piano solo)
6 Submersion II
7 Anaptyxis
8 The Bass Alone Introit III [tenor solo]
9 Fragment B
10 Submersion III
11 Epenthesis
12 Finale

Commissioned by the Jazz Composers Collective, 1994.
320 kbps mp3, 117.9 MB from Arabesque AJ0138, originally downloaded from eMusic.


Festoonic said...

il angelo said...

Deeply interesting to say the least. Came by several time to his album with the ensemble Octurn but never dared to get it. I should have. Thanks Festoonic

E-mile said...

the booklet of my CD says it's from 1996...
peace, E-mile

Anonymous said...

I have actually studied the score, and the reviewer is not entirely on the mark with his assumptions...namely that "a lot of it is improvised." While it sounds out of the free jazz tradition, Twelve Sacred Dances is actually more of an experiment in twelve-tone and poly-rhythmic music (for lack of a better phrase). There are only limited sections of improvisation as most of the work is actually written...very difficult music.