Dominic Duval

No Respect

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Recorded live in Austria to a small but appreciative audience, this impressive trio soars through a splendid mix of original and classic compositions, producing the sort of demanding, challenging artistry that stimulates the creative juices. Mark Whitecage is the dominant voice and contributed the new compositions, although Dominic Duval is listed as the nominal leader. The title of No Respect is telling, as Whitecage and his colleagues are at the height of their powers, consistently producing wondrous sounds, and yet they somehow continue to be ignored by much of the media. Like Hank Mobley, the saxophonist is a sort of middleweight champion of his horn, embracing mellifluously free melodies on which he creates endless permutations. Whitecage's full tone sometimes conjures images of what Coleman Hawkins might have sounded like if he had lived to embrace the so-called jazz avant garde. Whitecage's interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" is near-definitive, as the saxophonist captures the intensity of the moment with a magnificent solo that rises to almost unbearable intensity but never resorts to the shrieking noise sometimes associated with free improvisation. Likewise, the riveting version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" is a tour de force, capturing the essence of the tune with an updated modernistic stamp. Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen are a formidable team, having performed together dozens of times, including previously with Whitecage. They were clearly in top form for this session, and with the pristine sound quality of the recording, they shine. Saxophone-led trios are almost a dime-a-dozen, but this is one that stands out from the pack with its focused dynamics. It deserves to garner more than a little respect and to be recognized for what is a magnificent performance by three unsung giants of modern music.

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