Sunday, January 14, 2007

John Lindberg - A Tree Frog Tonality


This CD offers a strong combination of chamber jazz and free jazz. All pieces have a clear structure but the improvisations are quite free. The musicians are stellar : John Lindberg himself on double bass, Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Larry Ochs on sax and Andrew Cyrille on drums. The pieces evolve from very intense interplay of the whole band to more melancholic duos. The four musicians are at their best. I was not too enthusiastic about Lindberg's previous albums, but this one is absolutely excellent. Highly recommended.