AUM Fidelity

Instead of terming this record “free jazz,” as is the tendency when describing improvised recordings that stand somewhere in the jazz tradition, I would call this “ecstatic jazz.” Test reach new levels of passion and intensity, and dazzle with their impressive technique without letting this CD degenerate into a contest of “who can skronk the hardest.” Sessions of such intensity and emotion deserve their own genres. This CD is separated from a good deal of its improvised ilk by the constant interweaving, diving, skronking, and singing by the front line. A variety of textures are created by the use of a variety of wind instruments; the alto and tenor sax, flute, clarinet and trombone.

The CD opens with “huhuhuH,” an epic adventure that throws us into the urban jungle of the New York City subway system, with it’s rapid fire statements, and graceful lyricisms. “Allen’s Flight Preparation” seems lithe and dexterous while compared to the devastating “Straightahead, Forward Motion.” “Bustin’ Outta de Chamber” starts out calm and slowly builds and releases tension multiple times within the track. “What R U Going 2 Due” has something I love in an intense session, but is rarely found: some quality ranting, raving, and yelling! This is quality, period. Catch them in a subway terminal near you.

AUM Fidelity, P.O. Box 170147, Brooklyn, NY 11217; http://www.aumfidelity.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Summerland

    In rural England, a cranky woman bonds with and evacuee boy and uncovers a strange connection to her past.

  • Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations
    Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations

    These geniuses of early comedy finally get the presentation they are due in this Blu-ray edition.

  • Four-Letter Words
    Four-Letter Words

    No need to worry about offending delicate sensibilities with this playlist. We’re not talking about profanity, so just take the title at face value.

  • A Genesis In My Bed
    A Genesis In My Bed

    Former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett shares his life story in his story in an engaging and honest memoir. Reading his story feels like hanging out with a friend who’s interested in sharing how he felt living these experiences.

  • The Jayhawks
    The Jayhawks

    XOXO (Sham/Thirty Tigers). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • 18 to Party
    18 to Party

    When you’re in 8th grade, sneaking into a bar is way cooler than it is when you’re 40.

  • Adam

    A pregnant woman finds a home in Casablanca.

  • 2020 on Fire
    2020 on Fire

    Sound Salvation takes on current events with a playlist addressing the current fight for racial and social justice in America and the battles playing out in the streets in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

  • Pokey Lafarge
    Pokey Lafarge

    Rock Bottom Rhapsody (New West Records). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • Landfall

    Cecilia Aldarondo takes a look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

From the Archives