CHAD TAYLOR / JAMES BRANDON LEWIS DUO
The basics : saxophone and drums. Breathing(s) and rhythm(s), voice and beat in all their forms and dynamics, body & soul. Together, they weave the sequential and the continual, horizontal development and vertical expansion. The one who runs through is the tenor sax player whom Sonny Rollins once appointed as the next shift. James Brandon Lewis has a grinding similar to his notorious predecessor: throwing, unfolding sweeping along, temporizing, and developing with a galvanizing energy. The one who rolls up is the amazing Chad Taylor with his sieve of clinking paces, his strings of breathless cymbals and a timepiece of U-turns. A Twelfth Night duet.
CHES SMITH / CRAIG TABORN / MAT MANERI "The Bell"
This trio offers a genuine fascinating music, an inward-looking world that is close to chamber music, yet burning as ice. Everything here is precarious, on the edge of an intense daydream. For the music of Ches Smith, Mat Maneri and Craig Taborn is a music of tightrope walkers, living in, haunting, a play area as open as atmospheric, stormy here and there, where resplendence infuses. Each melody is a signal, a track, a shadow, a specter. Truly, utterly fascinating music.