Ivo Perelman

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Ivo Perelman has recorded extensively, appearing on a seemingly endless stream of CDs. That alone might be a death warrant if it were not for the fact that the tenor saxophonist also harbors a bottomless pit of ideas, and a style of free jazz blowing that audaciously announces his presence from the first note. The saxophonist's sound has been documented in a series of small group contexts. Here, he is joined by drummer Michael Wimberly and bassist Wilber Morris, each suitable companions and survivors in the tough world of free improvisation. Perelman hits hard from the start, his disruptive, invigorating explosions shrieking their way through measure after measure. Perelman is nothing if not powerful, and his unique technique -- in which notes are literally subordinated to visionary lines -- steals the day. The saxophonist transforms his horn into something extra musical, where, in the tradition of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, and, more recently, David S. Ware, the totality of non-melodic shrieks have a curiously calming feeling. Perelman prefers slower tempos, where his frenzied eruptions dig deeper and deeper until the tension rips through the air with unabated zeal.

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