Dimitri Moliavko-Visotzky

The Last Leaf

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Alto saxophonist D.M. Visotzky and drummer Jacques Widmer have completed here a joint project that was literally years in the making, the mammoth Autumn Suite, parts one and two presented here for the first time. It was worth the wait. On first listen, this may seem like the John Coltrane/ Rashied Ali collaboration Interstellar Space, but on closer observation, in the middle of all that blowing and rim shooting, there are compositional elements and direction that dictate where the musicians should go in their improvisational search in front of the assembled audience. And go they do, through circus and carnival music, bop, swing, microtonalism, lounge jazz, and post-Coltrane blowout. It' s true they might not end up in the same place every time, but they would certainly be able to approximate the dynamic and harmonic ranges that come into play here, such as the film noir edges that open onto a dirge at about seven minutes in, or the nearly pastoral silences and plain folk melodies in part two that open up the sonic field enough to contain the rage and fury of the November rains that enter about 14 minutes in. Certainly with all the energy displayed here, there is plenty of honking and gut-blowing madness, but it' s only fitting with musicians of this caliber who understand that the ostinatos they play are the keys to tearing down the autumn sky and reconstructing it in their own fashion.

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