FRESH SOUND NEW TALENT
Proximo; Turquoise Turkish; Southampton UK; Atmospheric; 114; Backandforthedness; Green Of Greens; Mumbai; Christopher
Rich Johnson (t); Jason Rigby (ss,as,ts,bcl, wood f); Sam Sadigursky, Jason Gillenwater (cl), Soo-Kyung Park (f), Mike Holober (p), Lauren Riley (clo), Cameron Brown (b), Mark Ferber (d, perc). 6/05
"A translucent space suggests feelings and moods and influences perspective rather than giving clear definitions." If that sounds like a rationale for ambient or mood music, the reality of Rigby's debut is much more clear-cut and the execution far more interesting. The perspectives being influenced have a strong retro feel. The two opening tracks are 70's fusion and bebop respectively, but both done with a lightness and sureness of touch that dismisses any hint of pastiche. It doesn't stop there. "Southampton UK" might almost be Karl Jenkins-era Soft Machine, with Rigby on bass clarinet over another funky Fender Rhodes accompaniment from Holober. And yet there is nothing haphazard about the conception. I'd go so far as to say that Translucent Space is the freshest and most individual jazz album of the year so far; it lets light through but in such a way that the antecedents and influences are sensed diffusely rather than clearly seen.
Like a lot of showcase records, it possibly tries to do too much in a short space. "114" is free jazz, the saxophonists trading staccato lines wih Johnson's muted trumpet. "Mumbai" is an excursion for wood flute, but done with such virtuosity that one doesn't long suspect him of including it to show off another horn. In fact, it underlines the growing impression that Rigby resembles no