Gapplegate Music review by Grego Edwards


CF 263Ingebrigt Haker Flaten New York Quartet – Now Is (CF 263)
When people in the jazz avant camp emerge from the scene gigging and recording with some heavy cats, there is always a reason. Contrabassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten is certainly one of those lately. And the reason is that he can really play. So when he puts together a disk with some of the heaviest cats, his New York Quartet doing Now Is (Clean Feed 263), it is an affirmation.  Heavy cats? Mr. Joe McPhee on tenor, Mr. Joe Morris on guitar, and Mr. Nate Wooley on trumpet. That qualifies as heavy. Each is a leader on his instrument, a bandleader in his own right, and the melding of all four on a free date is all you’d hope for.   This is a drummerless group, which makes Flaten’s bass playing stand out all the more. The result is four equal solo voices engaging in dense free counterpoint.   Everybody is in good form. It’s something excellent to sink your ears in.
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