Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Peter Kowald - Trio and Duo in New Orleans (4 stars)

Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Peter Kowald - Trio and Duo in New Orleans

A fantastic collection from the jazz trio, recorded months before Kowald's premature death

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A fantastic collection from maverick New Orleans tenor saxophonist Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, drummer Alvin Fielder and the late German bassist Peter Kowald. The trio set, recorded months before Kowald's premature death in September 2002, hears these masters creating radical and soulful music. From Jordan's full-toned tenor come melodic phrases, righteous honks and bluesy reflections, with Fielder surging in and out of the saxophonist's lines with propulsive waves of snare and tom. Kowald fills the space with ominous tremolo and pizzicato pulses. In 'Trio II' Kowald's mournful double-stops set the scene for a gorgeous funeral blues from Jordan, while his solo feature sees his bow dancing around the upper registers of the bass, before waddling into the deep. The duets on the second disc see the saxophonist ducking and weaving like a bear wrestling its shadow, or yelping like a sea lion over the hiss and clatter of Fielder's hi-hat.

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