Max Johnson, Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Tomas Fujiwara - The Prisoner
An avant-jazz suite inspired by Patrick McGoohan's psychedelic television classic The Prisoner
An avant-jazz suite inspired by Patrick McGoohan's psychedelic television classic The Prisoner? Consider my boxes ticked. A stalwart of the New York improv scene, bassist Max Johnson captures impressions of the show's mystery, paranoia and tension through a series of structured improvisations. 'No. 6 Arrival/No. 58 Orange Alert' opens proceedings with several minutes of slow, atmospheric textures, all bowed string drones and cymbal patter and hiss. Tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock strides forward with a Morse code-like statement, working over a single note with rising intensity, before the rhythm section strikes up a bebop strut which soon breaks loose into freedom. In 'No. 24 Hammer Into Anvil' Mat Maneri's violin twitters in a maddeningly high register, before Johnson's bass emerges from a creaking trapdoor. Minutes later, an ominous force creeps up, provoking a demented free improv dash where Tomas Fujiwara's drums trace crazy patterns in the sand.