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    Silva, Alan & Parker, William – “A Hero’s Welcome ” – [Eremite]

    Gothic improv? At least parts have that sort of shadow and
    spire sonic architecture, certainly when William Parker bows
    his strings with the slow squeak of rusty cemetery gates.
    Parker covers a lot of territory under the sounds of Silva,
    spinning spidery webs of sound from contrabass. Moments when
    he gets slappy and twitchy like on the beginning of the last
    track summon an Ennio Morricone tenseness. Sometimes Silva’s
    experimental keys (is it the Synclavier from “Emancipation
    Suite?”) get crazy otherworldly, but he deftly switches at
    just the right times to the acoustic piano (which sounds
    like it was recorded on a new wood stage right at ear level.)
    Back to earth, back inside the atmosphere. Just gorgeous.
    I was stunned when I heard an audience at the end. They
    were quiet as the night sky during the performance.
    Midi-timpani (?) thumps away on the beginning of #4, the
    thunder spoke and conversed with short staggers of piano.
    A nice reminder of piano as percussion. The piano itself
    never lurches and searches like the synth, its interspersal is the grounding that keeps the rest aloft.

    Haiku review:

    Silva screens synth dreams
    Parker stretches canvas wide
    Images collide

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 22, 2005 at 9:12 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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