Bob Feldman: Triplicity (2005)
Bob Feldman, a playwright, actor and reedman who has worked with Sam Shepard and Richard Maxwell in addition to groups as diverse as those of Mingus and Sopwith Camel, assembled the rhythm section of Perkins and bassist Ken Filiano for Triplicity, his second recording as a leader. The inside-outside approach that Feldman's music takes is a perfect setting for Perkins, his tradition-rooted approach to free playing meshing better with the loose, gritty, and often wry swing of Feldman's style than the caterwauling improvisations of Brötzmann. Rather than the complex polyrhythmic webs woven by Taylor, Haynes, and Philly Joe, Perkins capitalizes on a style that is imbued with that Chicago sense of spaciousness and tasteperfectly placed occasional cymbal taps slowly increasing in repetition, as mass is built through the bass, not unlike the team of Philip Wilson and Malachi Favors in the AACM (see "Wind Chill ).
Repetition is key here, as Perkins creates a quietly unrelenting mass of brush-and-snare work around Feldman's bamboo flute on "Skipit/Ripit, an almost demonically obsessive attack that overwhelms the flute and bass interplay. Filiano's excellence as a bassist of varied trades makes him a perfect choice for Triplicity as well, his tone and drive putting him in a class with many a post bop anchor while still containing a strong affinity for sliding into piercing arco squall and percussive chattering at a moment's notice.
Triplicity is a solid recording of perfectly egalitarian reed-bass-drums trio improvisation, the kind of music that affirms ESP's use of the "Y symbol on the jacket of Spiritual Unity to denote the value of the Ayler Trio. Bob Feldman is a tenor player whose bawdy classicism belies what the neo-cons could never quite grasp, but it is the malleability of Filiano and Perkins that make this record what it isa perfectly fitting dedication on all fronts.
Track Listing: Triplicity; Invisible Dance; Gen-La; Further Notice; Imprints; Thirty J; Prelude and Hop; Little Suite; Wind Chill; Skipit/Ripit; Tell Me About It
Personnel: Bob Feldman (ts, bamboo fl); Ken Filiano (b); Walter Perkins (d, voc)
Record Label: One Soul Records
Style: Modern Jazz