Daily Archives: October 27, 2011

Cuadernos de Jazz review by Yahvé M. de la Cavada

Angelica Sanchez – A Little House (CF 206)
Angelica Sánchez no es, ni mucho menos, una principiante. Hasta ahora podíamos considerarla una pianista interesante, con algunos discos prometedores y otras tantas colaboraciones destacables. Entre los primeros, Mirror Me, su debut, grabado en 2005 para Omnitone, Life Between, o los dos volúmenes de Alive in Brooklyn, co liderados junto a su marido Tony Malaby y al baterista Tom Rainey. En todos ellos percibimos a una pianista libre y ambiciosa que domina la interacción intuitiva y que es capaz de manejarse en diferentes contextos sin sonar a ningún referente concreto.

Pero todo eso era hasta ahora. A Little House posiciona a Sanchez como una improvisadora original y atrevida que toca libre, sin atolondrarse, ni adscribirse a una corriente u otra. Puede comenzar un tema como una especie de Jarrett de primera época impregnado de Monk y acabarlo como una alumna de Paul Bley o evocar al maestro Nino Rota en la siguiente pieza. En A Little House, el silencio adquiere importancia y se cuela entre frases y pasajes para empujarlos. La música respira, calmada, y se enarbola cuando tiene que hacerlo.

Como con todo gran disco a piano solo, es conveniente escucharlo con atención, dejándose invadir por cada inflexión de la música de Sanchez. Así que ya lo saben, no sólo debemos tenerla como a una joven de talento, o como la flamante sustituta de Vijay Iyer en el Golden Quartet de Wadada Leo Smith. Angelica Sánchez ya es una gran pianista, por derecho propio.
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Music and More review by Tim Niland

Kris Davis – Aeriol Piano (CF 233)
The profile of pianist and composer Kris Davis has been rapidly rising in the jazz world. Recently the recipient of a glowing write-up in the New York Times and the leader or co-leader of several renowned groups, this is her first solo piano album. Davis has a fascinating and unique piano style which incorporates the entire keyboard and even the interior of the piano, making the most of her available possibilites. This album begins with a fascinating reconstruction of the standard “All the Things You Are” where she barely uses the melody and develops her own very unique take on a well-worn song. “Saturn” features depth charge like low bombs of notes, akin to a technique used by Matthew Shipp, and then plucking inside the piano, making it sound like an African stringed instrument. Alternating playing inside and outside the instrument, making for an extremely interesting and original concept. Going in the other direction, “A Different Kind of Sleep” is made up of spare probing at the keyboard contrasted by a lot of open space. “Good Citizen” and “Stone” have an open rolling feel with the music gaining momentum and freedom as it blossoms, moving gently with accents and touches. “Beam in the Eyes” hits hard with a complex musical Morse code of rattling shifting low notes and figures that is consistently interesting. It is easy to understand why Davis has garnered such attention by listening to this album. She has her own unique piano style and plays with a great sense of adventure and mystery. The colors and textures of her music suggest unlimited possibility.
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