In the lineage of the great piano trios (one thinks of Evans and Jarrett), yet transcending 20th Century notions, even of extended interplay, these three interwoven virtuosi provide a canvas of new jazz that has roots in intuitive playing yet is compositionally whole. Pianist Bob Rodriguez, bassist Lee Marvin, and drummer Bruce Ditmas play music that, for all its tunefulness, is truly forward looking.
Clarinetist/alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula’s contribution to the improvised music scene is incalculable. Here on his first recording for UNSEEN RAIN Blaise enlists the brilliance of double bassist Dmitry Ishenko and drummer Dave Miller. Subtle exchanges and variegated soundscapes run rampant on When Rivers Run Free.
On their second album for UNSEEN RAIN, Tom Cabrera and Jack DeSalvo provide a global environment for their virtuosic, improvised renderings of deep, passionate music featuring an amazing collection of instruments, including frame drums, mandola, riq, cello, tombak, guitar and darbuka. The result is crystalline beauty, as rare as a Libra Moon.
Fearless multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet) unites with saxophone powerhouse Ras Moshe (tenor sax, flutes), impeccable double-bassist Tom Zlabinger and legendary drummer Tom DeSteno, sending out signals of of passionate, extemporaneous music on their UNSEEN RAIN debut as a band.
ARTCRIME features the late pioneering touch-style player Frank Jolliffe, who developed his technique first on the Chapman stick and then on the Warr Guitar. John Korchock’s baritone sax, wind synthesizer and keyboards lend unique voices to the proceedings. Add experimental electronic drummer Steve Orbach and the piano, circuit-bent synth and kalimba of Bob Siebert and you have a free-jazz-meets-art-rock extravaganza.
Masterful trombonist Pat Hall, known for his limitless jazz and Latin excursions, conceived of a group where he could incorporate a sheen of electronica into open electric jazz mayhem. Bassist Joe Gallant and drummer/producer Bruce Ditmas provide futuristic sound canvases, sometimes wild, sometimes gentle, for Pat’s trombone, reborn via live laptop treatments and Jack DeSalvo’s electric guitar odysseys into and beyond distant galaxies.
Jack DeSalvo performs completely improvised pieces on classical guitar. “I was determined to search for a process that would necessitate moving myself out of the way and allowing music that clearly already exists in some other world, some other dimension, some parallel universe beyond myself, to flow through my instrument, the guitar. Whether or not I have been utterly successful in finding such a lofty process, what we are offering here is completely spontaneous music that is representative of the search.” – Jack DeSalvo
Artwork by Michele Jenkins
Like predecessor recordings My Goals Beyond by John McLaughlin and Bill Connors’ Theme To The Guardian on ECM, Jack DeSalvo gives his music a most personal rendering utilizing only six and 12-string acoustic guitars and includes perhaps his most well-known piece, Pramantha.
“[T]his foursome is channeling a Coleman-centric spirit, at once free and vibrant.” – Downbeat
Drummer and multi-percussionist Jon Berger, with old friends Lee Marvin (double bass) and Jack DeSalvo (guitars, alto guitar, mandola) along with multi-reed wizard Dan Willis navigate compositions with roots in jazz, new music and folk and ethnic music with astounding freedom and aplomb.
Legendary reed master Sam Morrison has joined forced with D3 – bassist Tony DeCicco, guitarist Jack DeSalvo and drummer Bruce Ditmas to record OVER THE EDGE, an album of compositional beauty achieved through improvisation and intensive, deep listening.
On We, STEVE COHN, piano shakuhachi, hichiriki, shofar, khaen, percussion, WILLIAM PARKER, double-bass, tuba, percussion and TOM TEDESCO, drums, percussion unite to create layers of crystalline sound with piano, bass and drums and shakuhachi, tuba and percussion. We are listening.
Traversing the borderlands of the jazz tradition from a modernist perspective, the Tom DeSteno Trio offers their new recording, Coriolis Sky, the first release on mEyeFi Media’s UNSEEN RAIN label. Music by Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Jack DeSalvo and others is presented as a unified statement featuring powerful performances by Tom DeSteno on drums, guitarist Jack DeSalvo and Mark Hagan on double-bass.