Album Review

Momin, Ravish Trio Trana – “Miren (A Longing)” – [Clean Feed]

Thurston Hunger   7/19/2013   CD, Jazz

A release from 2007, but feels like it could date back much
further. Carbon date these compositions. The cradle of jazz
civilization, the combination of Momin’s array of percussion,
exquisite violin from Sam Bardfeld and the organic oud of Brandon
Terzic give this a timeless vibe. Prehistoric times when funk/jazz/blues
all met at the same watering hole. (and tip your waitresses, would ya)
Listening to the opening number, there is something catchy, grindy
(in a good way) but Momin is counting out these intricate fills. It’s
like discovering a cromagnon computer, and Terzic’s oud is the
abacus/insight that connects the math and the magic. Check out the
buzz Terzic builds on “What Reward?” before that piece settles into
a bluesy rocking chair. I really like when Bardfeld let’s the bow
fly on some of his runs, violin is such a great, spiky voice for
jazz (and Billy Bang isn’t around anymore to help it sing).
While Terzic does have some effects on his oud, mostly this
is an acoustic earthly delight. Momin excels on his own, especially
on “Ragalaya” but he’s put together a very connected trio. They
add Tanya Kalmanovitch on viola for a reprise of “Fiza” on the
last track, but they already said plenty with just the trio on
the initial version. With each lesson, I’m digging Bardfeld more
and more. These are the instruments of longing, the tug of the
oud, the anticipation of drums, the sustain of that jagged edge.

-Thurston Hunger / KFJC

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