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Maneri, Joe/ Dolger, Peter – “Peace Concert ” – [Atavistic]

Thurston Hunger   1/7/2009   CD, Jazz

Ecstatic religious music normally we think of say Qawwali
rather than American jazz, but that’s what we have here
essentially in another of John Corbett/Atavistic’s Unheard
Music series. Originally a church gig as part of an improvised
mass during an all-night 1963 concert! I should say that this
is just a musical piece, no liturgical MC’ing in this mix.
The recording via a portable reel-to-reel deck carries a
misty hiss, Maneri is slippery on his alto, takes notes
and sort of makes them dive bomb with breath. Dolger’s
dol-drums start as muffled thunder tom work and brittle
crisp snare/hi-hat thanks at least partially to the fidelity
of the recording. Dolger seems a little aimless, kind of
shuffles along for 16 minutes then gets a two minute rolling
solo around 17 minutes in, coming out of that the piece/peace
gets a little perkier. Maneri’s notes hold tighter, no more
slipping, quick darting notes now. Resolved. It’s a lengthy
piece that Maneri fans, and folks who were there will dig
most. Additionally, a longer interview from 2006 follows.
Maneri is charming, and his wife’s brief cameo who didn’t
know it was an interview, done by Ken Vandermark’s dad,
Stu. Stu is an astute and precise dude. Not sure how folks
will work the interview into radio work, but it’s kind of
interesting to listen to (maybe even before the music?)

-Thurston Hunger

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