A genesis of sound, hearing the vision before it happens.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Some artists spend a lifetime exploring their harmonic path of least resistance. Ivo Perelman takes the road less traveled while exploring the various ensemble possibilities with deconstructed duos, trios, and quartets with those artists that have the ability to transverse the cerebral chasm of anticipatory sound necessary for true spontaneous creation. Simply put, Ivo Perelman hears sound differently than we do. Book of Sound is the harmonic guide book to the lyrical narrative of Ivo Perelman.
There is a seamless unification of both the visceral and cerebral planes that may come from Perelman's work as an acclaimed visual artist. Notes are not played, not in the more traditional sense. Notes are colors that are artfully manipulated and shaded, nuanced organisms of sound with each having a specific meaning and more importantly having a specific effect on the lyrical journey both Ivo and his trio wish to travel. Free jazz is an oxymoron, nothing is free. Sacrifice and an innate ability to look well past what some refer to as the soul and discover a separate creative life force does not come without a price. To linger on one particular creative moment is to miss the larger big bang theory of sound from which Perelman and his musical co-conspirators take refugee with Book of Sound. To speak of any of Perelman's rotating cast of ensemble players as sidemen providing mere counterpoint is to miss the lyrical under current provided by each musician to create a mosaic of sound and silence where the melodic chain is only as strong as the weakest link.
Artists and critics have a unique responsibility, an obligation to take what we know and like and then move past that. Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, and William Parker do not play free jazz but they engage in an open ended improvisational experience designed to engage all the senses. What is considered free jazz is far more than an arbitrary blowing of random notes, free jazz is the centrifugal force created when the mind, body, and spirit evolve as one.
Free your mind...
Tracks: Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt; Candor Dat Viribus Alas; De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum; Adsummum; Adde Parvum Parvo Magnus Acervus Erit; Veritas Vos Liberabit.
Ivo Perelman: Tenor Saxophone; Matthew Shipp: Piano; William Parker: Bass