All About Jazz review by John Sharpe


Michael Blake / Kresten Osgood – Control This (CF 136)
Canadian saxophonist Michael Blake and Danish drummer Kresten Osgood have forged a strong connection, working in diverse formats including the reedman’s Danish band Blake Tartare. On Control This the instrumentation is almost incidental. What you get is two musicians interacting and having a good time through spontaneous invention (though the inclusion of the goofing around at the end of Charlie Parker’s “Cheryl” wasn’t essential to make that point). Blake’s breathy alto saxophone toys with melodic phrases on the opening “Salutations,” in playful combination with Osgood’s gradually increasing rhythmic mass. Some of the best moments come when the saxophonist’s reiterations mesh with the drummer’s spacious rhythmic architecture, as on the buoyant “Elephants Are Afraid of Mice.” “Cheryl” apart, “Creole Love Call” is the only preconceived piece, featuring a loose chorale of three overdubbed saxophones in a South African kwela feel, framing joyful tenor saxophone and drum freedom.
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