Raphe Malik

Autumn Uprising

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This two-disc sampler is a document of an event that took place in 1997, a showcase for Boston's vanguard jazz and improv talent called the Autumn Uprising. It features both known and obscure artists working live for the sole purpose of communicating to an entire city what lives and even thrives in its musical underground. While there is a great deal of variety in the music found here, a few acts do stand out, such as drummer Masashi Harada's explosive trio that features soprano saxophonist Bob Rainey and bassist Mike Bullock. Their entry here begins as a study in texture and microtonalism and becomes a wailing song of free jazz revolution. Likewise, Charlie Kolhase's quartet offers a long meditation on the Ornette gospel of free jazz with determined melodic figures running underneath a maelstrom of atonal improvising that seems to sing in abstract counterpoint to the front line motions toward unwrapping the melody from conventional harmonics and intervallic strategies. Also notable is Raphe Malik's Full Metal Revolutionary Ensemble with two electric guitars, electric bass, drums, and his trumpet. Here tonal variants are the cause celebré as Malik creates a staccato flow on his instrument that is swirled around by two guitars playing counterpoint to each other and a rhythm section and then forging into a tonal landscape where the timbral variations of each instrument are called into play, one at a time, and then undone in the sheer force of the proceeding. Not everything here works as well as these pieces, but these are so long it's worth the price of the double disc just to obtain them.

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