The Wire review by Brian Morton


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Dennis Gonzalez NY Quartet – Dance of the Soothsayer’s Tongue (CF 094)
New York (sic) trumpeter Gonzalez has done some strange stuff since his early days on the Silkheart label, but these days seems to be back doing what he does best: tough, post-bop jazz with as many external influences as he can comfortably fit in. The group here is one of the best for years, with Ellery Eskelin sounding dangerous on tenor saxophone, Mark Helias holding the center on double bass and only Michael TA Thompson not coming quite up to the mark as “soundrhythium percussionist”, a new musician spec that hasn’t quite explained itself to me. The long “Afrikanu Suite” is shambolic, but the title track, opening “Reaching Through the Skin” and closing “Archipelago of Days” are all vintage Gonzalez, whose intonation seems back in shape and very strong.”

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