Jason Rigby: Translucent Space (2006)
As a composer, Rigby cites influences ranging from Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman to classical artists like Glass, Mahler, Bartok and Shostakovich. I also hear a parallel with Andrew Hill in the rousing blend of written parts coexisting seamlessly with free-flowing improvisation.
Along with Rigby's various woodwinds, this ensemble includes trumpet, cello, flute and two additional clarinets, though not all instruments appear on every tune. The resultant sound is full of subtle colorations and cool expansive washes behind the leader's energetic soloing, with strong ensemble work and a sometimes frenetic rhythmic drive, as on "Turquoise Turkish."
"Atmospheric" lives up to its title with a dreamily amorphous listening experience, and "Southampton (UK)" locks into a snappy, off-kilter groove. "114" clatters and knocks; trumpeter Rich Johnson plays muted, dancing with Rigby's tenor with an ebullient elan. "Mumbai" drives hard on an African motif, with string bass and flute working a light/dark dynamic.
Translucent Space reveals a challenging yet approachable sound. It's an excellent discand a remarkable debut for Jason Rigby.
Track Listing: Proximo; Turquoise Turkish; Southampton (UK); Atmospheric; 114; Backandforthedness; Green of Greens; Mumbai; Christopher.
Personnel: Jason Rigby: tenor, soprano, alto saxophonees, bass clarinet, wood flute; Mark Holober: piano, Rhodes electric piano; Cameron Brwon: bass; Mark Ferber: drums, cymbals; Rich Johnson: trumpet; Lauren Riley: cello; SooKyung Park: flute; Sam Sadigursky: clarinet; Jason Gilenwater: clarinet.
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Style: Modern Jazz