Ivo Perelman

The Seven Energies of the Universe

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The album's theme is referenced in the title: the "seven energies" of the universe derived from the Jewish Torah. As with Perelman's other recordings to date, this one is jammed with ecstatic energy, the highlight being the more than 20-minute "Fruition," in which the saxophonist packs his usual full-throated voice with a monumental punch. The unsung pianist Joseph Scianni, although not as intense as Perelman, offers a sophisticated and complex harmonic conception, one alternately romantic and cryptic, which fits perfectly. Longtime colleague Jay Rosen continues his successful synergistic relationship with Perelman, with unobtrusive yet propelling drumming. Each of the tunes is named after one of the "seven energies," and the last two in particular, "Femaleness" and "Endlessness," reveal a more subdued side to the saxophonist's playing than he usually shows. While this album does not break any new ground, it continues the consistently high quality of musicianship that Perelman has always evidenced. It may not attract converts to his music, but it should easily satisfy the already committed. Added bonuses are the beautiful reproductions of two of the saxophonist's pieces of abstract art in the CD leaflet, and the probing liner notes by art critic Eleanor Heartney.

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