Throughout the album, Crispell and Hemingway demonstrate real affinities for each other while challenging the conventional wisdom of improvised music. Their darting vibraphone and piano exchange on "Starlings" debunks the idea that the projection of velocity is necessarily accompanied by thunderous intensity. Crispell's close-order unison lines and Hemingway's rudiments-soaked snare on "Finis" creates an imperial aura without dripping sarcasm. They arrive at the same nuanced point time and again with impressive elegance, as if they're twins.
released May 1, 2011
Marilyn Crispell: Piano
Gerry Hemingway: Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone
Mary Halvorson's compositions make my head spin. As is so often the case with her work, here, she continues to twist and subvert conventional notions of melody and modality.
Her own playing is astonishingly deft, and the arrangements complex and inventive.
But there is a warmth here, too; a playful of spirit, a restlessness to continue to change and connect in new ways.
Halvorson isn't just a jazz innovator, she's fast becoming one of of the giants of new music. Michael Mueller