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POETRY FROM THE FUTURE

TO BE CONTINUED
Carol Liebowitz, piano
Claire de Brunner, bassoon
Daniel Carter, alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, flute, trumpet, clarinet
Kevin Norton, vibraphone, drums, percussion

1. Invisible Colors
2. Poetry from the Future
3. Every Which Way
4. Blue Daniel
5. Cascadeascope
6. Sonic Mirage
7. Beautiful Outcast
8. For All Times
9. Ringing Circles
10. River Run

All tracks by Carol Liebowitz, Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter, and Kevin Norton. Recorded March 18, 2017 by Tom Tedesco, Tedesco Studios, NJ
CD Mastering: Jim Clouse, Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY

REVIEWS

This leaderless improvising quartet utilises some unusual instruments on their recording. Bassoon is rarely heard outside of classical music and Claire de Brunner is an excellent exponent of the instrument. She studied jazz improvisation with Lee Konitz. She also studied with pianist Connie Crothers as did Carol Liebowitz, whose restrained yet vital contributions are nearly as essential as her listening skills, an attribute which is woefully undervalued in improvised music. 

All the pieces presented here are collective improvisations and the listener’s engagement will undoubtedly be enhanced by the veritable smorgasbord of instrumentation involved. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter plays no fewer than six instruments over the course of the ten tracks. Carter has played with countless musicians in his long career including the likes of Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray, Jaco Pastorius and Enrico Rava. Percussion virtuoso Kevin Norton graduated with a Master’s degree in orchestral percussion from the Manhattan School of Music and, notably, has collaborated with bass virtuoso Milt Hinton. 

There is a mesmeric quality to the music, dominated by the serenely dark notes of de Brunner’s bassoon but with occasional oddities too such as a scream-like sound of unknown origin (bowed cymbal perhaps or a reed?) at around the one minute thirty mark on the opening track “Invisible Colors.” Norton opens the longest track “Every Which Way” on drum kit and the ensemble piece is sporadically punctuated by his application of dramatic cymbals. 

There are more unearthly sounds evinced on “Blue Daniel” and this time they perhaps emanate from a bassoon reed. Liebowitz and de Brunner lead on “Beautiful Outcast” before being joined by Carter and Norton. “For All Times” with vibraphone heard at the outset is getting close to Eric Dolphy’s timeless masterpiece Out To Lunch!. A bluesy saxophone introduction to “River Run” gives way to more strident dynamics involving the whole ensemble and is a perfect example of how this group works so well together as one cohesive unit. Listening to each other, always listening.

—by Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
June 30, 2017


“It’s a beautiful mesh of players. . . . all four musicians merging into a unique soundscape.”

—Robert Iannapollo, The New York City Jazz Record
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“ . . . the musicians transmit irrefutable camaraderie while engineering instantaneous compositions that possess pliable foundations and fluidly developed mini-motifs. Indeed, it’s poetry-in-motion.”

—Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
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“. . . the thoughtful improvisations are unpredictable yet calm and focused. . . . Much of this reminds me of Morton Feldman, sparse in part with each note being carefully selected. . . . If this is indeed Poetry from the Future, then we are in good hands.”

—Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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“This criss-cross collective energy, issuing creatively from myriad exponents of experimental composition-improvisation, be it Braxton, Lake or Burton Greene, hinges on the listening as well as playing abilities of the artists, who, in this instance, show a lot of admirable restraint. This absorbing session, its sensations as much like breath under water as a cry into a valley, upholds that rich legacy.”

—Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise
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“… very, VERY impressive work… MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…”

—Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf), contemporaryfusionreviews.com
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“. . . abounds with bright sonoristic colors and unexpected development of compositions which are almost impossible to predict. . . . everything is ruled by the power of collective creativity.”

—Leonid Auskern, jazzquad.ru
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“Their listening and responding skills are exquisitely honed—to the point of spiritual exercise — and with absolute command of their instruments, they deliver a three-dimensional music that is continually surprising and coherent. It keeps moving forward but in unexpected paths — kind of an aural equivalent of the three-dimensional patterns that a cloud of starlings creates in the air. . . .The music breathes from beginning to end.”

—Mel Minter, melminter.com (musically speaking)
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“To Be Continued takes a new approach. . . .The result is the art of sound. . . . It is the perfect album for jazz fans who think they have heard it all when it comes to improvised jazz.”

—Dodie Miller-Gould, lemonwire.com
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