Appearing here in a double-trio lineup with bassist and drummer Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen going head-on with Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway, tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman leads the session captured on Suite for Helen F. (the "F" refers to abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler), one of the most monumental free jazz outings of recent years, a truly Mahlerian opus in seven parts lasting 107 minutes. Those familiar with earlier Perelman outings, notably on the Leo label, will be familiar with his own paintings, in which, in keeping with the kind of music he makes, pigment seethes in thick layers; colors, shapes, and textures collide; and semi-recognizable features melt into abstraction in a frenzy of creation.
Three Blind Mice Blu-spec CD reissue series! Limited paper sleeve edition! Pianist Imada Masaru was 42 years old when he recorded this album in 1975. His adventurous spirit led him to use the electric piano for the first time in a recording, and thanks to his musicianship, he made it sound like he'd been playing the instrument for years. The program opens with the title track, a sophisticated urban funk. Guitarist Kazumi Watanabe plays a big role here. It is followed by a more intricate, fusion-like "Straight Flash."
Some of Gary Peacock’s finest music has been made in piano trios. Early in his musical life, Peacock established a fresh role for the bass as an independent melodic voice, a concept carried forward in the history-making groups he’s played with – from Paul Bley’s Bill Evans’s trios to Keith Jarrett’s. As a bandleader he has also been influential: Tangents is the second release from the great bassist’s trio with Marc Copland and Joey Baron and draws on years of shared playing in diverse contexts.