Rigby | Fresh Sound New Talent (2006)
June 17, 2006
Jason Rigby plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, as well as bass clarinet
and wood flute, on Translucent Space. But it's not his skill with
the instruments that makes the disc so rewarding, it's the fully realized
ensemble sound he's crafted. The 31-year-old musician's debut recording
puts on full display his considerable skills as a composer and arranger.
As a composer,
Rigby cites influences ranging from Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman to
classical artists like Glass, Mahler, Bartok and Shostakovich. I also hear
a parallel with Andrew Hill in the rousing blend of written parts coexisting
seamlessly with free-flowing improvisation.
Along with Rigby's
various woodwinds, this ensemble includes trumpet, cello, flute and two
additional clarinets, though not all instruments appear on every tune. The
resultant sound is full of subtle colorations and cool expansive washes
behind the leader's energetic soloing, with strong ensemble work and a sometimes
frenetic rhythmic drive, as on ”Turquoise Turkish.”
lives up to its title with a dreamily amorphous listening experience, and
”Southampton (UK)” locks into a snappy, off-kilter groove. “114”
clatters and knocks; trumpeter Rich Johnson plays muted, dancing with Rigby's
tenor with an ebullient elan. ”Mumbai” drives hard on an African
motif, with string bass and flute working a light/dark dynamic.
Space reveals a challenging yet approachable sound. It's an excellent
disc—and a remarkable debut for Jason Rigby.
Visit Jason Rigby
on the web.
Proximo; Turquoise Turkish; Southampton (UK); Atmospheric; 114; Backandforthedness;
Green of Greens; Mumbai; Christopher.
Rigby: tenor, soprano, alto saxophonees, bass clarinet, wood flute; Mark
Holober: piano, Rhodes electric piano; Cameron Brwon: bass; Mark Ferber:
drums, cymbals; Rich Johnson: trumpet; Lauren Riley: cello; SooKyung Park:
flute; Sam Sadigursky: clarinet; Jason Gilenwater: clarinet.