Broo/Lane/Nilssen-Love/Vandermark – 4 Corners (CF 076)
Here’s an early contender for my 2007 best-of list, in which Adam Lane continues his progress towards the top echelon of modern jazz bassists/improvisers. The band combines turbo-mode power and semi-structured pieces—and rattles the senses. At times, Lane amps up his double bass and the quartet’s blistering, groove-oriented persona glows in mottled fashion. Lane and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love’s dual polyrhythmic attack creates a massive but pliant undercurrent for reedman Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Magbus Broo’s torrid soloing maneuvers. Recorded at a Portuguese jazz festival, the audience’s jubilant reaction to the music seems jointly founded in utter disbelief and awe. One of those special occasions when a band is captured live performing at the very top of its game.