Sounds Of May
New Jazz From Teo Macero And Bob Prince
Columbia CL 842
This LP is split album between Macero and Prince. The intriguing cover art drew me to this album. Sometimes I get lucky when I buy on impulse. This was one of those times when I score something obscure and awesome.
This recording is an avant grade jazz journey through, what strikes me, as a gritty 50s black and white movie crime drama. The record is cool, dramatic, swinging, and just when you get comfortable, unpredictable. The two approaches (sides) compliment each other.
From the back cover: Sounds Of May is an experiment on my part to see what could be done with combining many Palestrina-like vocal lines, overtones of the piano, jazz ensembles (both small and large), changing the speed of the original tape (regular to half-speed, and then combining the half-speed copy with the original track), and finally overdubbing a single alto saxophone line to most of the composition.
Also from the back cover: Avakianas Brasileiras is a free composition, written in two parts connected by a dissonant harmonic and melodic foundation of minor seconds. The shorter first section, written for trumpets and clarinet and bass clarinet solos, in linear and somber in contrast to the choppy rhythmic second section.
Teo Macero - Side One
Heart On My Sleeve
Sounds Of May
Bob Prince - Side Two
Fanfare And Fantasy