Wright & Bob Marsh
"Birds in the Hand" CD
Genres: free jazz, improv
Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Oct 27 - Nov 2 2003
veterans Jack Wright and Bob Marsh are two of the most
respected improv / free jazz players in the world, and their recent
collaboration, Birds in the Hand, gives you a good
understanding of why that is. Sparse, with lots of blank
silence, the album is devised to allow even the most short and simple
instrumental blurts sound powerful and effective. Wright's
playing is in the forefront as he tackles sax and clarinet duties,
while Marsh's violin, cello, and "processed voice"
merely serves as something like a back-up band. Even so, there's
no doubting that he plays an integral role on Birds in the Hand;
second track "Plight of the Mocking Birds," recorded live at
the Sfalt Festival in Oakland California, nicely exemplifies Marsh's
talent. The longest piece, "When Pigs Fly,"
features a very daring performance by Jack Wright on the
clarinet and is worth a listen.
Overall, this album is an enjoyable yet inessential release from Wright
and Marsh. Only for serious free jazz aficionados.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]