There are sophisticated elements present in this engaging effort that are metaphorically reminiscent of the Romantically-storied discipline of fencing swordplay. Opponents meet, salute, assume postures and launch into parries, thrusts and lunges in an energized ballet of pure athletic beauty.
With Cold Snap, pianist David Caldwell-Mason assumes the necessary position as leader and thrusts head first into the musical fray – and a most entertaining one it is – with his talented cohorts Kellen Harrison and Ari Hoenig. The result of this match is an energized, intriguing – a most enjoyable - recording.
Pianist Caldwell-Mason, who has recently recorded with fine saxophone artist, Brian Patneaude, demonstrates superb technical chops, rhythmically intense creativity and a refined impressionistic harmonic sense. Fragments fly rapier-like in a never-ending whirl and wrap back on themselves moebius-like ready to launch again. His sonorous Evans-like harmonic textures play marvelous counterpoint to his whirling Tyner-esque fingers. The result is an illusion that there are multiple musical dimensions at work: the advanced rhythmic thought and the flitting and fiery melodic.
Leader Caldwell-Mason also offers up six original compositions, each of which provides the appropriate platform for the superb extended improvisations that follow. The mysterioso “With Fear and Trembling” is a highlight. “Single Ladies,” while not an original, jaunts along in a happy groove. “Talk Talk” speaks of pulses, throbs and dreamy high octave lines over Harrison’s driving bass and Hoenig’s fine set work.
What makes this CD work so well are the energized responses and involved interplay Caldwell-Mason generates with his creations and with terrific cohorts Harrison and Hoenig. All buy heavily and enthusiastically into the tasteful rhythmic/melodic/harmonic fray.
Cold Snap is an intelligent, involving effort. It engages and evokes and is cool enough not to break a sweat doing so.
More Articles in Community Articles
Hugh Masekela’s 75th Birthday Tour in Honor of Nelson Mandela
Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.
DC Jazz Festival Releases Tickets for 10th Anniversary Event
Vocal Jazz Workshops in NYC Spark Interest
A Double Bill of Song and Music: Cecile McLorin Salvant and The Spring Quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center
THE DAVID WEISS SEXTET - WHEN WORDS FAIL Available on Motema Music, May 20, 2014
Jason Paul Harman Byrne
Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World´s Largest Tuned Drum and Percussion Set on Forthcoming North American Tour!