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Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Matthew Putman/Hilliard Greene/Federico Ughi : Telepatia Liquida (577)

A review of the live album from the improvising quintet

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Cover of Telepatia Liquida
Cover of Telepatia Liquida

When saxophonist/trumpeter Daniel Carter, clarinetist Patrick Holmes, pianist Matthew Putman, bassist Hilliard Greene, and drummer Federico Ughi joined forces in 2017, “telepathic alliances” were instantly spawned. Fittingly, that was the title these improvising lifers gave to their first recording, an off-the-cuff set that evoked the bracing adventures of pioneering New York free groups like TEST and Other Dimensions in Music. The bond that Carter, Holmes, Putman, Greene, and Ughi share only deepens on this, their second release.

Recorded live at the 2017 edition of the Forward Festival in Brooklyn, Telepatia Liquida finds this mightily elastic group essaying bluesy swagger, poetic soul, swinging bebop, and lyrical bliss—usually all within the same track. The program’s three epic-length pieces suggest the freewheeling fireworks of Coltrane’s Ascension, but while the music may be all-improvised, it’s not all skronked-out fury. In fact, structure, form, and focus are manifest from the outset, along with a breezy, meditative resonance and a musical dialogue that’s seemingly effortless.

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