December 6, 2021

Acquire 5: Terrace Martin drops an opus, Artifacts deepens an inquiry, & Mareike Wiening delivers on an idea

Terrace Martin, “Griots of the Crenshaw District (feat. Strike-Boy, Kamasi Washington & Robert Glasper)”

Terrace Martin – Griots of the Crenshaw District (feat. Strike-Boy, Kamasi Washington & Robert Glasper)

Drones, the new album by Terrace Martin, arrived previous Friday on a wave of acclaim, based in component on a stacked visitor record: Kendrick Lamar, Cordae, Snoop Dogg and Leon Bridges are amongst additional than a dozen collaborators who exhibit up to grace a keep track of. So as well are a few of pointed out artists from Martin’s present-day jazz circle, tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington and keyboardist Robert Glasper. On a observe titled “Griots of the Crenshaw District,” they share the spotlight with Chauncey Hollis, the rapper and producer who goes by Strike-Boy Martin performs alto and soprano saxophones as effectively as keyboards on the observe, joined by Marlon M. Williams on guitar. The song by itself combines a major-tread, head-nod beat with a melody that saunters suitable to the edge of clean — though Washington’s solo imports a welcome pinch of grit.

Artifacts, “Blessed”

Flutist Nicole Mitchell, drummer Mike Reed and cellist Tomeka Reid shared a commonality of objective, and far more than a handful of particular connections, in advance of their debut as Artifacts Trio in 2015. That album, an influenced AACM repertory project, bore the simple title Artifacts, which is now the title of the band. On their next album — …and then you will find this, out there from Astral Spirits Information — these multidimensional musicians proceed to honor their heroes, but with much more of their very own compositions, and a larger openness to groove. Take into consideration “Blessed,” a Mitchell tune that depends on the buoyant straight-eighth propulsion of her associates, and especially Reid, whose pizzicato solo is a temporary but considerable delight.

Mareike Wiening, “An Idea Is Unpredictable”

Mareike Wiening, a resourceful younger German drummer and composer, produced her debut album, Metropolis Paradise in 2019. (At the time, it was showcased in Just take 5.) That launch actually featured a substitute pianist, Dan Tepfer, who was filling in for an hurt Glenn Zaleski. Upcoming Memories, Wiening’s new album, puts Zaleski back in the rotation, along with Wealthy Perry on tenor saxophone, Alex Goodman on guitar and Johannes Felscher on bass — the exact staff that coalesced all around her masters recital at NYU in 2014. Fittingly, this songs implies a see on the New York jazz scene with a faint European spin this composition, “An Thought is Unpredictable,” even has trasatlanticism constructed into the framework, in its toggling amongst 1 idea and the subsequent.

Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki, “Middlegame, Part II”

Music For Drums and Guitar is the austerely titled new launch from Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki, who transpire to be composer-improvisers of absurdly expansive imaginative methods. The album is composed of a single suite from each individual musician, composed for a Stone Commissioning Collection in 2019: “The Memory Palace,” by Okazaki, and “Middlegame,” by Weiss. The two pieces really feel intricately designed yet vast open up to possibility, and to the whims of a nearly telepathic rapport. Above all, they communicate to a perception of perform — albeit enjoy of a very advanced form. As Weiss places it, “each individual element of ‘Middlegame’ calls for a diverse method. For instance, for the duration of ‘Part II’ I am considering about actively playing positionally somewhat than working with a good deal of ways. Like in a chess game, if the posture is stable, improvisations can appear to life.”

Helen Sung, “Feed the Fireplace”

Helen Sung Solo Piano arrangement of Geri Allen’s “Feed the Hearth”

Pianist-composer Helen Sung named her new album Quartet+, but she could just as conveniently have swapped out the furthermore indication for “x2,” offered that her acoustic put up-bop foursome appears along with the Harlem Quartet. In any situation, the album is a sharp, bold assertion from an artist who never ever seems to be caught off harmony. And it opens, meaningfully, with an explosive model of “Feed the Hearth,” a calling card for the late Geri Allen. Past 7 days, Sung shared this solo edition of the tune, proving that she can summon the exact same crackling depth with no further staff. Really don’t miss the quicksilver run that she performs with her correct hand, spanning virtually the full assortment of the keyboard — and crossing over her left hand, which is occupied maintaining the ostinato (feeding the fire, as it had been) that defines the tune.