Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ivo Perelman One RareNoise 2013

A fire breathing dragon, Ivo Perelman boldly goes where no tenor player has gone before.
Brent Black /

John Coltrane revolutionized not only the performance aspect of the tenor saxophone but created a standard for saxophone literature that has gone virtually unchallenged, until now. Ivo Perelman takes the foundation laid down by Coltrane and amps it up, way up...and out! One is Perelman's RareNoise debut and simply builds upon his free improvisational technique not by thinking outside the box but by simply expanding the parameters of the lyrical intensity that marks arguably the greatest tenor saxophonist since John Coltrane. Perleman deconstructs his own harmonic base and does a riff on himself. Imagine starting in the middle of a sentence and then reading in both directions at once, this is the lyrical sense of purpose Perelman brings to the table. To attempt to give a break down by composition alone would be far too limiting for a release that instead borders on an experience.

Long time bassist Joe Morris makes his electric debut and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi may best be described as controlled sonic fury. With the prolific talent of Perelman it would be far too easy if not expected to have a leader with two afterthoughts. One is the rare release of synergy where three artistic voices are functioning in near flawless harmonious union of thought. A dynamic tension of counterpoint and free flowing melodic thought is the very cornerstone of what may possibly be Perelman's finest work to date.

This is Ivo Perelman at his high octane finest. The music of Ivo Perelman can not be compartmentalized. Free jazz is an arbitrary term initiated by critics that did not have the slightest clue as to what performers such as Albert Ayler and perhaps some of Coltrane's earlier work was all about. The only person that could accurately describe Perelman's gift would be Perelman himself. In the meantime the greatest gift and only requirement is that you simply allow yourself the freedom to move past what you think you like and understand and expand the cerebral parameter of your own sonic comfort zone. This is not a sonic firestorm but a zen like transference of simplicity and complexity coming together as one with the only requirement is that you listen.

Tracks: Freedom; What Love Can Lead To; To Remember What Never Existed; One; Universal Truth; Stigman.

Personnel: Ivo Perelman: Tenor Saxophone; Joe Morris: Bass; Balazs Pandi: Drums.