Nate Wooley Quintet - (Put Your) Hands Together
from cf website
By this time we have all learned to expect everything from trumpeter
Nate Wooley, from post-bop heritage to the most abstract improvisation.
This CD adds something more to what you already know about this
extraordinary musician. Not because it mixes his diferent interests in
one project – although it does –, but because he keeps things going
forward, never repeating himself. Of course, with a little help from his
friends, who provide Nate with all the "space" he needs to act.
personal references like Steve Lacy and John Cage, bass clarinetist Josh
Sinton combines the tradition and the the avant-garde with the same
naturality and the same competence. Dealing with the, only apparent,
delicacy of the vibraphone's crystal clear sounds, Matt Moran confirms a
comparison already made between him and a speed-chess player.
Opsvik uses the contrabass as a sculpting tool, never emprisoned with
just one box of idiomatic vocabularies. Last but not least, drummer
Harris Eisenstadt provides the polyrhythmic mastery he brought from his
African travels, and the contemporary classical techniques he introduced
in his jazz playing. "(Put Your) Hands Together" is a particularly
inventive example of the progressive music performed these days.