(Put Your) Hands Together
By this time we have all learned to expect everything from trumpeter Nate Wooley, from post-bop heritage to the most abstract improvisation. This CD adds something more to what you already know about this extraordinary musician. Not because it mixes his diferent interests in one project – although it does –, but because he keeps things going forward, never repeating himself. Of course, with a little help from his friends, who provide Nate with all the “space” he needs to act. With personal references like Steve Lacy and John Cage, bass clarinetist Josh Sinton combines the tradition and the the avant-garde with the same naturality and the same competence. Dealing with the, only apparent, delicacy of the vibraphone’s crystal clear sounds, Matt Moran confirms a comparison already made between him and a speed-chess player. Eivind Opsvik uses the contrabass as a sculpting tool, never emprisoned with just one box of idiomatic vocabularies. Last but not least, drummer Harris Eisenstadt provides the polyrhythmic mastery he brought from his African travels, and the contemporary classical techniques he introduced in his jazz playing. “(Put Your) Hands Together” is a particularly inventive example of the progressive music performed these days.
All Music composed by Nate Wooley 2008 (fourwordseamusic BMI) except track 3 by Nate Wooley (fourwordseamusic BMI) and Josh Sinton 2010 (sinsheimer musik BMI)
Recorded September 16th, 2010 by Jon Rosenberg at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY | Mixed November 2010 by Bojan Vuletic at Out of Focus Studio, Duesseldorf, Germany | Mastered by Luís Delgado | Photos by Peter Gannushkin
Produced by Nate Wooley | Executive production by Trem Azul | Design by Travassos