Dialing Privileges

Blaise Siwula

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Dialing Privileges Review

by Steve Loewy

At the time this was written, saxophonist Blaise Siwula was hardly a household name, even in circles of avant-garde jazz. If this recording is any indication of his talent, he soon will be better known, as his intense, focused style coupled with humor and extraordinary technique set him apart as an unusually powerful voice. At times the altoist recalls Ivo Perelman, as he toys with melodies and rages wildly over steadied lines. Siwula, though, is his own voice, one that wails compassionately and mournfully, though at full throttle. Under-recorded Dom Minasi is a perfect foil on 12-string guitar, while drummer John Bollinger drives hard. Still, it is Siwula's show, and the saxophonist unrelentingly forces great gusts of notes over short spaces. Siwula is one to watch.

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