3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Contemporary jazz balanced with more traditional stuff...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Rise and Fall of the Third Stream/Money in the Pocket (Audio CD)
The first CD, 'The Rise...' mixes a traditional jazz quintet with an unusual string section; 3 violas and a cello. Whilst it provides quite a nice effect, i don't believe that Joe has really pushed back the boundaries of jazz that far. For instance, on the first track, 'Baptismal', the strings start off with a slowish moving theme, which the wind gradually play over. Then they (the strings) cut out for the jazz band proper to play the main tune, and solo. Then the strings come back at the end, and virtually repeat the opening section. This ABA form piece is not hard to listen to, and the strings are a welcome addition, with more of a soloists role than orchestral instruments have usually been given in jazz. (like the strings in 'What A Wonderful World' by Satchmo) The second CD sees the strings depart to be replaced with extra winds. This is more traditional, Money in the Pocket a prime example. Head-Solo-Solo-Solo-Head: it's a well used formula, and unfortuneately this doesn't work in the performers favour, especially with uninventive solos. Don't get me wrong, they all play well, and musically, it's just that for a package that's supposed to be 'Contemporary', not a lot new is being done.