Ambient impressionism collides with a progressive technological force...the next level on the improvisational evolutionary chain.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Inti is the sophomore offering for Machine Mass. Recruiting Dave Liebman was the equivalent of finding sonic gold at the end of the harmonic rainbow. Inti is an interesting amalgam of an ambient free jazz approach with a progressive fusion intent. The open ended synergy with this most creative of trios has one that has had the good fortune to have played and studied improvisational music tossing his theory knowledge in the trash.
While the musical resume of Dave Liebman runs from Miles Davis to Elvin Jones, this may arguably be his finest recorded solos in his most distinguished career. Drummer Tony Bianco plays with a subtle finesse while his use of loops and percussion pushes a more contemporary texture and edge to a level somewhat reminiscent of Weather Report. Guitarist Michel Delville is equally adept in manipulating the Roland Gr09 and other assorted electronics to work as a golden thread that runs though this searing sonic mosaic of sound.
Electro-jazz? Ambient free jazz? These are merely abject concepts that are close but no cigar. Machine Mass has scored with a spontaneous immersion into the joy of creativity and the challenge to present the music within a progressive framework. Recorded LIVE with no overdubs!While normally not one to acknowledge liner notes other than my own, John Kelman's notes capture the essence of not only the intent but the ultimate execution of a release that will sure to show up on "Best of" lists at the end of the year.
A vibrant improvisation excursion down the harmonic road less traveled. A stunning release!
Tracks: Inti; Centipede; Lloyd; In A Silent Way; A Sight; Utoma; The Secret Place; Elisabeth; Voice.
Personnel: Michael Delville: Guitar, Roland Gr09, Electronics; Tony Bianco: Drums, Loops, Percussion; Dave Liebman: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone, Wooden Flute; Saba Tewelde: Vocals on The Secret Place.