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June 1999

Joel Futterman/"Kidd" Jordan Quintet
Nickelsdorf Konfrontation
Silkheart

While recalling the tumult of the collective improvisations of Ornette Coleman and other 1960s free-wheelers, the exquisite upheavals presided over by pianist Futterman and tenor saxophonist Jordan erupt with a vision whose impact is direct and yet also sublime. In tandem with tenor/baritone saxman Mats Gustafsson, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Alvin Fielder, the Futterman-Jordan quintet paints with Pollack-esque verve and spontaneity. Vivid lines dart, flutter, fly apart-and converge. Up close, pointillistic epics such as the seven-part "Nickelsdorf Summit" reveal microcosms of intricate swirls and clashing lines. From a distance, one glimpses roiling soundscapes of cascading waves awesome in their power and also stark beauty.

Originally published in June 1999
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