Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Reid / Kitamura / Bynum / Morris - Geometry Of Trees [Relative Pitch Records]

Put out on the circuit via Relative Pitch Records on May 20th, 2k22 is "Geometry Of Trees", the latest Free Improvisation-focused album on the label created and recorded at Connecticut's Firehouse 12 Studios on July 17th, 2k21 by Kyoko Kitamura, Joe Morris, Tomeka Reid and Taylor Ho Bynum in a live quartet setting on cornet, vocals, guitar and cello. This being said and considering the context of Free Improv as genre - or rather: umbrella term - the four artists manage to create a surprisingly calm, oftentimes even spatial sonic flow somewhat guided by  Kitamura's high register vocal performance accompanied by tender, expertly thought out minimalism in pieces like the mesmerizingly jazzy "Continuing Inexplicability" whilst the positive, playful and frolicking piece named "Imaginery Donuts" brings forth various layers of freestyle whistling and echoes of echoes of mediterranean engrained in its plucked string sequence before moving in to bustling Jazz chaos, the albums main piece "The Earth Laughs, The Brushes Her Teeth" sees the quartet exploring 14 minutes of free-floating Jazz goodness and probably primeval, tribal'esque jungle voodoo vibes whilst "Through The Shaft Of Nothing We Drive Onward" could evolve into somewhat of a deep, nocturnal FreeJazz standard of the future before turning into almost opera'esque heights in terms of its vocal performance just to name a few. If Jazz and Improv is your drawer, "Geometry Of Trees" might fit well and neatly into your realm of sonic pleasure.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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