Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The News review – continuing coverage of the octogenarian jazz hero | Jazz
IIt would be tempting to say that at 81, Andrew Cyrille has probably forgotten more than most drummers ever learned about stretching the tempo and creating space in which improvisers can flourish – c that is, if it weren’t doing the Haitian such a disservice. -The respect of the American master for his teammates. For more than six decades with stars from swing sax pioneer Coleman Hawkins to Carla Bley and uncompromising piano virtuoso Cecil Taylor, Cyrille learned all about the rich complexities of jazz – and then sought to distill them into essential elements. always simpler in its own projects.
The News follows Cyrille’s subtle-sounding quartet album, 2016’s The Declaration of Musical Independence, but with imaginative New York-based Cuban David Virelles joining guitarist Bill Frisell and double bassist Ben Street on keyboards. The presence of Cyrille’s hidden hand is glimpsed in the quietly crisp taps, ticks and cymbal grooves, the muffled snare rolls and offbeat accents – and the murmur of brushes on a newspaper spread across the drum heads. title track drums. Frisell’s delightful country-sounding mountain has its chordal melody and bright harmonics slowly dissolving into Virelles’ darkened low tones. Leaving East of Jordan develops a marching groove and then a Spanish tinge after its slowly anthemic opener, and Go Happy Lucky (one of Frisell’s three very lilting tunes) is dissonant blues. The brush-on-paper title track shifts from caustic pinches of free improvisation to flowing trills and ambient buzz, while With You in Mind – introduced by the leader’s sonic recitation – confirms the slow-burning lyricism of this unusual band. . Quiet, this News may be – but it’s right there among ECM Records’ haunting euphemisms.
Also released this month
The jazz/rock/punk/electronica quartet founded in Berlin 10 years ago Kuu! take no prisoners with Artificial Sheep (ACT), on which Serbian-born singer Jelena Kuljić, two mind-blowing electric guitarists and brilliant free-jazz/avant-rock drummer Christian Lillinger merge in gripping fast-paced improvisation and snarling punky vocals, Arcade Fire and Beastie Boy covers and intimately ghostly ballads. New York drummer/composer Donald Edwards, a musician steeped in Southlands soul/blues, early-Miles swing hip and the fiery hard-bop of Art Blakey, warps the horn groove straight ahead with the raw guitar sound of David Gilmore and an urgent little vocalization of preacher on The Color of Us Suite (Crossover Jazz). And the excellent former saxophonist of Miles Davis Kenny Garretta mix of party soul-sax and the spirituality of John Coltrane, releases a characteristic blend of hot riffs, neo-soul and post-bop with added brass, vocals and Cuban percussion on Sounds from the Ancestors (Mack Avenue).