Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   9/22/2005   CD, Jazz

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

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