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Eye Contact – “Embracing the Tide ” – [Utech]

Eye Contact proved to be quite an eye-opener and ear-charmer.
Matt Lavelle is the catalyst here on bass clarinet (with
riveting digeridoo undertones on the first track) as well as
flugelhorn and trumpet (“Wiz Church” features a tight muted
solo over some skippery high bowing by bassist Matt Heyner.)
Though its title features a watery, this CD conjured images of
mountain climbing to me, that rush of how’d they get so high.
Simply put this is a STAGGERING release. Gotta hear more from
Lavelle who evidently escaped us for a decade or so in NYC.
The first track gets a ground-clearing by Heyner and drummer
Ryan Sawyer, then Lavelle just scorches (is that a) bcl? It
sounds like a hornet in a shenai for minutes before dropping
down into the familiar bubbly register. At 13 1/2 minutes in,
though getting stronger all the time, the piece takes a quiet
chimed tone with slow poetic playing, then a long enjoyable
climb back to thrilling heights. Next track is a horserace
neck-and-neck Lavelle galloping trumpet against Sawyer, at
the end the darkhorse bcl emerges to win. He brings flavors
of Addis Abada at the end of “Wiz Church.” And then all holy hell breaks out for “Father” – pure passion!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 22, 2005 at 9:17 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz


    say word,..matt lavelle aqui con la fuersa,y la alma tambien.my mission in life is to be a branch on both the bass-clarinet and the trumpet tree.im in william parkers little huey orchestra,and roll in nyc with sabir mateen,and my dawg:ras moshe.im really happy yall are hearing that in my trio with ryan and matt h.(eye-contact),..im playing every last drop of my soul,and then some.im on a spirtual mission through music like trane,or albert…but im not using tenor.bass-clarinet and trumpet are what the creator and i decided was the neccesary direction.please email me,or come see me in nyc or on the road with little huey.peace

  • Comment by matt lavelle, October 19th, 2005 5:33 pm
  • Thank you KFJC for the transmissions and to Matt Lavelle for the opportunity to walk with you on your spiritual voyage, if only for short stretches at a time.

  • Comment by Utech Records, October 25th, 2005 9:53 am

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