Ivo Perelman

Cama de Terra

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In the mid- to late 1990s, Ivo Perelman was recording frequently and freelancing for more than a few independent labels. So many trips to the studio might have been overkill for less interesting players, but Perelman had so much to say musically that it was good to see him being extensively documented. To his credit, he kept things unpredictable by recording in a variety of settings. Cama De Terra found the tenor explorer in a drumless trio with bassist William Parker and the Cecil Taylor-influenced pianist Matthew Shipp, both of whom communicate with him splendidly on such absorbing Perelman compositions as the dusky "Elephants Have Brains," the chaotic "Spiral" and the angular "To Another." A very dark and lonely ballad, "Adriana" is one of the most moving songs Perelman has ever written.

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