Mark Whitecage & Eclectic Electric: Moon Blue Boggie
No doubt Whitecage has attained a significant or easily discernible comfort zone performing with drummer Jay Rosen, cellist Tomas Ulrich, bassist Chris Dahlgren and woodwind specialist Sabir Mateen as the overall camaraderie and intuitiveness exhibited within these often vibrant encounters will affirm those sentiments. On the first piece, “Moon Blue Boogie - Prayer”, the band emits an underlying and somewhat abstract Ellingtonian type theme, brimming with chromatic scales, frisky dialogue and Ulrich’s zealous soloing and counterpoint techniques.
The thirty-minute opus titled, “Cityscapes Suite” features Mateen’s soulful, penetrating attack in concert with Whitecage’s jagged statements, Rosen’s sweeping flurries and Dahlgren’s multidirectional walking bass lines. Here, the band expands simple blues based motifs amid a plethora of diversionary tactics and hard, free form blowing.
Whitecage’s electronically altered alto sax invokes a stereo effect on Tadd Dameron’s “Good Bait” as the lead soloists playfully annihilate the late composer’s memorable themes with frenzied abandon, whereas the band finalizes the proceedings with Tomas Ulrich’s buzzing and humming free style cello performance on his world music composition titled, “Sizzle”...........Recommended!
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Track Listing: 1) Moon Blue Boogie
Personnel: Mark Whitecage; electronically-treated alto & soprano saxophone, clarinet: Sabir Mateen; alto & tenor saxophone, clarinet & flute (# 2, 3): Tomas Ulrich; cello (#1, 4): Chris Dahlgren; bass & electronics (#2, 3): Jay Rosen; drums, percussion
Record Label: Acoustics
Style: Modern Jazz