Friday, July 17, 2009

2002 : 09 "Flower After Flower" by the Susie Ibarra Trio

Songbird Suite marks, I believe, Susie Ibarra's second effort as leader on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Personally, I feel this recording is representative of the direction avant-garde, or "free jazz," was going at the turn of a new century. You won't hear much of the raucous, free-wheeling, aggressive playing associated with, say, the David S. Ware quartet (where Ibarra previously had residence). Instead, the compositions are spacious and delicate, fusing more overtly the minimalism of the new classical school and the jazz tradition. Also representative is the inclusion of electronics, performed by special guest Ikue Mori of DNA fame. Craig Taborn on piano and Jennifer Choi on violin round out the trio.

Dan Markowicz

Listen: Susie Ibarra >> "Flower After Flower"

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