Saturday, August 25, 2012
NPR's All Songs Considered is not the place I usually go for news about jazz. It's not that Bob Boilen and his crew are neglectful, let alone disrespectful of jazz; they do occasionally review jazz recordings. It's just on the periphery of their musical interests. ASC is where I go to find out what Jack White is up to.
Today, however, I listened to one from a few weeks ago and they played a cut from an album called The Cherry Thing. I ran to the laptop and spent some eMusic credits on it. The Cherry is Neneh Cherry, stepdaughter of the great avant garde trumpet player, Don Cherry. The Thing is Mats Gustafsson (saxes, organ, and electronics), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (bass), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). The Trio is a hard driving avant garde instrument in the style of Ken Vandermark. The combo reminds me less of other attempts to blend rap and jazz and more of the Steve Lacy cuts that include vocals, such as 'Inside My Head' on The Holy La.
The album includes original compositions as well as interpretations of punk, hard rock, and rap numbers. It also has one composition by Ornette Coleman and one by Don Cherry. I am playing the latter "Golden Heart', and 'Sudden Moment' by Gustafsson.
This is an album worth listening to. Don Cherry is by far the biggest gravitational force in the music. At times, Gustafsson seems to be channeling him. Give it a try.