Album Review

FPR – “All At Once” – [Relative Pitch Records]

Thurston Hunger   12/12/2014   CD, Jazz

Three-way sax attack serving up bite size morsels of pointed
composition and more breezy improvisation mixed to satisfy.
Frank Gratkowski, Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin delivering
more as a whole than the sum of three stellar parts. The first
piece builds a base, that sort of Euro-style, where little
harmonies build up on a sort of dizzy walk. Keep in mind no
bass, no drums, so “Vegetables” is a pure sax meal. On that and
throughout, Raskin’s baritone work really anchors this release.
Next, “No Name” moves up higher with flutter breathing, and quick
darting play. “Likewise” lets Raskin roll, with trill support.
“Sound” is the droner delight. “Qupe” spackles your ears, before
a cold jujitsu finish. “Cirus/Webern” has a slow chamber forest
exploration feel. “Epitasis” suits my zoot fine, quick dazzling
duet and trio runs, before a breakdown near silence, it builds
back up through the skronkiest section of the disc to more dazzle.
Soft snake charming and a morning sky for “Jan 2, 2007.” (This
release culls from two meetings, in 2007 and in 2010). Lastly
“Was/Schatten” captures the album title well, I think it’s
Gratkowski skipping between the aligned duo, who split apart
but it all comes together for a soothing coda. Short pieces
(by KFJC jazz standard) of lasting beauty. Dig it!

-Thurston Hunger

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