"Belladonna" and "Amaryllis" are 2 very inventive albums that can not leave indifferent and arouse a healthy musical curiosity. The sound and compositions are of rare originality drawing their inspiration from jazz and classical music. To discover urgently!!
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You had me at Mary and Jacob Garchik, who’s another favorite. For a minute, I thought Mary was gonna play it (relatively)straight with her compositions. I should’ve known better. Mary remains a creative driving force for jazz’s next generation.
Favorite track: Night Shift.
Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a newly formed sextet of master improvisers, including Halvorson, Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Nick Dunston (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Jacob Garchik (trombone), and Adam O’Farrill (trumpet). The Mivos string quartet joins for three of the songs, making this the largest ensemble for which Halvorson has written to date. The suite showcases Halvorson’s many musical influences from jazz, experimental, new music, and beyond.
Promises is a wild adventure of developing sounds of minimalist ambient and third stream jazz fusing together. That may sound pretentious, but trust me this is worth your time! Everyone plays so beautifully here and I’m very happy that this was Sanders’ last piece of work because he put so much into this swansong of a composition! Rest in power Pharoah Sanders AliceDreadfuls