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Monday, June 9, 2008

Kalaparush McIntyre Quartet - Extremes (CIMP, 2008) ***½

Kalaparush McIntyre is a free-minded spirit. The AACM tenor saxophonist has been a part of the jazz scene for over forty years now, and so does drummer Warren Smith. Both have known each other since they were toddlers. They are joined here by Will Connell on alto sax and bass clarinet and by Michael Logan on bass. This is free-minded music. There are typical AACM themes, but these are just there to set the scene for the long tracks are predominantly long improvisations by the various band members. McIntyre's tone has become softer, more fragile, and his music has become less dense, more open. The nice thing is the sense of freedom and range of possibilities, also in terms of emotional expressivity, but don't look for new forms of creativity and adventurousness. Good quality free jazz with a boppish base.

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