Joe McPhee - Sonic Elements (for pocket trumpet and alto saxophone) (2013)
Jazz | Clean Feed
Lossless | FLAC | unmixed | 2013 | 41:45 | 137 Mb
01 - Episode One (For Don Cherry)
02 - Episode Two (For Ornette Coleman)
In this case we can hear him playing the pocket trumpet, nowadays maybe his first tool to improvise, and a secondary reed among several, the alto sax. There’s a reason for this combination: “Sonic Elements” is a tribute to trumpeter extraordinaire Don Cherry, focusing on his period with the iconic alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman. The imitation stops there. A master in his own right, McPhee doesn’t want to copy them, but to celebrate their music keeping a distance. Even so, three factors of that magical collaboration are retained after 50 years: the song format, the use of the blowing instruments as extended voices, and the blues feeling. That’s right: you can listen to this CD as a homage to early free jazz, but this is really the document of a live performance (in Ljubljana, dating from 2012) committed to the mother-language of African-American music: the blues. And what a fabulous blues record this is!