Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sonic Liberation Front Jetway Confidential High Two 2012

A free jazz exploratory that while wildly accessible, seemingly breaks the unwritten harmonic rules on a sub genre so named because critics did not have the training, experience or the remotest clue as to how to describe what was happening when this movement took off "back in the day."

Sonic Liberation Front's Jetway Confidential will be available on 11/13/12 taking their razor sharp brand of Afro-Cuban hard bop meets an open ended resurrection of the Albert Ayler sound from some thirty years ago. Ah the more things change the more they stay the same. The end result of Jetway Confidential may touch your heart and set your hair on fire on the same time and this my friends is beautiful. The band runs "W.T.F.O" for those of you unfamiliar I would google that and start with Sammy Hagar and I believe you will see why the abbreviation.

Having had a rather nasty dust up with a straight ahead pianist from the Philly area that would confuse the perspective of a review with the finality of a grand jury indictment, I had given up on the Philly area. For me this particular area extended from Philly to the Big Apple and perhaps over to the Jersey shoreline had me convinced this was less than fertile or accepting cultural ground for an honest journalist to travel without wasting an inordinate amount of time, then I received Jetway Confidential.

"Mother of Nine" is a percussion enthusiast dream, pulsating complex rhythmic patterns boarding on the hypnotic and with a organic heartbeat that stays with you long after the last notes have faded. "OneTwoThree" is a personal favorite and perhaps the epitome of the plethora of genres, styles, and sounds this virtuoso group draws upon to build a deconstructed harmonic presentation of sound but with a captivating melodic sense. This is an experience more so than the traditional release. The saxophone work may best be described as John Coltrane somehow making the escape from a musical cocoon only to return as the great free jazz musician Ivo Perelman. Both artists and sounds morph into visceral and cerebral exercises for the mind to find the lost chords and missing beats that may or may not have been there all along. There is a metal influenced guitar running methodically underground with a sound somewhere between Joe Satriani and Al Di Meola. "Metaphyzzix" has the Santana sound gone wild percussion as it gradually morphs into another hypnotic gem complete with what may be every horn player in the greater Philadelphia area. Most groups of a similar genre can point at their work with pride and remind fans and critics alike of the ease in which the self imposed limitations of genre are shattered. The Sonic Liberation Front goes one step further and crosses that space/time continuum and uses this to an incredible creative advantage.

Sonic Liberation Front lives up to their name, an avant-garde smoker that utilizes up to 23 musicians on this one recording without every attempting to portray themselves in the traditional form and function of the more commonly accepted western big band. There have been only a handful of releases that have literally left me speechless (in a good way) and the Sonic Liberation Front slips in line with the rest. Not hard bop, not Afro-Cuban or Cu-bop, not exactly free jazz but the perfect harmonic storm of what happens when all of these come together. Percussion, syncopated horns, a guitar that has the distinct possibility of melting your brain and this is just the tip of the ice berg. Not for the fair of heart, while referring to band performing a sonic exploratory then Sonic Liberation Front must hold the patent. Impressive, adventurous and borderline addictive this is an intense experience for those willing to free their mind.

Tracks: Uh-uh; Mother of Nine; Jetway Confidential No. 3 (for Sun Ra); Padrino's Hit; Yemaya; One Two Three; Umami: One Two; Metaphyzzix.

In the interest of space the following are the names of the participants on this release:

Kevin Diehl; Chuckie Joseph; Edwin Lopez; Adwoa Tacheampong Joseph; Terry Lawson; Matt Engle; Todd Margasak; Julian Pressley; Dan Blacksberg; Travis Woodson: Jon Barrios; Olufemi Mitchell; Shaw Dade Beckett; Bankole Olaleye; Monique Temitope Carter-Beckett; Brent White; Dan Scofield; Baba Joe Bryant; Tom Lowery; Connor Przybyszewski; Bryan Rogers; D. Hotep; Bill Moos.