The last stop on the North American tour of The Bradford/Gjerstad Quartet (Bobby Bradford-cornet; Frode Gjerstad-alto sax & clarinet; Ingetbrigt Haker Flaten-bass; Frank Rosaly-drums), bridging generations through tremendous free improvisation.
Bradford, Bobby / Frode Gjerstad Quartet
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"Silver Cornet was recorded in March of this year  at the Windup Space in Baltimore, the last stop on the Quartet's North American tour. I had the pleasure of attending their Dallas performance a few night's earlier; Yells At Eels' Dennis Gonzalez had coaxed them up between their Austin and Houston dates.
When I walked in to the concert venue, I saw a man with a cornet in his lap, sitting alone in a corner. Thus, I was able to actually meet Mr. Bradford and soak in his tales of growing up in Fort Worth and the legends he had played with. Later on I was able to meet the other members of the group; definitely a wo827020003626nderful experience that I documented on this blog.
The instrumental line-up and Bradford's history would suggest that their music would be heavily influenced by Ornette, but at least as a listener that's not really the case. In fact, the Quartet really reminds me of Other Dimensions In Music in the way the music rises and falls in a very natural way. Bradford has what I call an "organic" approach to improvising; everything flows, nothing seems forced, and it's very conversational. You really hear the history of jazz and free music in his playing.
Listening to Frode is like what I imagine watching Pollock at work was like: At first everything looks random and disconnected, but over the course of time you see an arc, a progression. He infers, rather than states, and he's a great foil for his front-line partner. The acoustics of the Dallas show made picking up the bass difficult, so it's great to hear Ingebrigt's contributions so much more clearly. He's all over his instrument, with a lightening-quick approach that reminds me of Barry Guy at times. And Frank Rosaly? Well, I've never seen anyone play like he does. His approach involves rapidly taking various cymbals off their stands, placing them on top of drumheads, and striking or swiping them. It's mesmerizing live, and what almost got lost was how well he can drive the band when needed.
Once the Dallas performance was finished, I had a vision in my mind that the music hadn't really stopped, that it was a river that would keep flowing. Silver Cornet is proof of that."-Craig Premo, Improvised Blog
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Recorded at the Windup Space, in Baltimore, Maryland on March 30th, 2104 by Paul McKeown.
Frode Gjerstad-alto saxophone, clarinet
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-bass
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