Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ivo Perelman With The Sirius Quartet The Passion According to G.H. Leo 2012

Release Date June 12, 2012

Jazz is suffering from paralysis by analysis. Ivo Perelman is releasing two albums in June 2012. We have The Passion According To G.H. with the Sirius Quartet and The Foreign Legion. The umbrella term "free jazz" is most consistently tied to Perelan's work when in fact there is no acceptable definition for this critic induced if not invented sub genre. Don't believe me? From Wikipedia:

There is no universally accepted definition of free jazz, and any proposed definition is complicated by many musicians in other styles drawing on free jazz, or free jazz sometimes blending with other genres. Many musicians also tend to reject efforts at classification, regarding them as useless or unduly limiting.
Free jazz uses jazz idioms, and like jazz it places an aesthetic premium on expressing the "voice" or "sound" of the musician, as opposed to the classical tradition in which the performer is seen more as expressing the thoughts of the composer.

The musical irony on this stunning work being that Perelman is working with highly skilled conservatory trained musicians that just happen to have the chops to keep up or better still to understand musical direction and the musical soul from where such brilliance begins to shine forth. Nothing...Not one note was written down or rehearsed before "roll tape" was uttered thus making this particular release stunning from purely a technical standpoint alone and from an aesthetic appeal it simply raises the bar to the next level for any musician working in an improvisational setting. Critics came up with the idea or sub genre of free jazz to describe what they could not understand in regards to performers such as Albert Ayler and some portions of the Ornette Coleman and the John Coltrane discography. From pure repetition in context a loose fitting definition seemed to emerge into universal acceptance. Xerox is a company not every copy is a Xerox.

If anything this is Perelman doing a brilliantly executed riff on himself and his conceptualized venture into string quartet music with the Alexander Suite from 1998. There is the stereotypical call and response closely associated with more traditional bebop and variations that came later but the freedom of improvisation and his impeccable command of his instrument take center stage. Perelman's command of his instrument is merely an extensive of his own lyrical brilliance with the tenor saxophone acting as the conduit for the sonic inspiration that springs from within.

Avant-gard, free jazz, experimental? Not to Ivo Perelman who hears sound and musical shapes in a virtual three dimensional presentation with the end result as virtuosity on another musical level.

Expressive, adventurous, and transcending all self imposed limitations of genre. If this is "free jazz" then all jazz should be this free.

Brilliant. 5 Stars!

Tracks: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5.

Ivo Perelman: tenor saxophone

Additional Personnel - Sirius Quartet: Gregor Huebner: violin; Fung Chern Hwei: violin; Ron Lawrence: viola; Jeremy Jarman: cello.

Extra Special Thanks to Amy at DL Media!