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Amaryllis by Crispell / Peacock / Motian

I’d really didn’t think they made records like this anymore. Ethereal, breathing, cerebral, rhythmic, haunting . . .A spectral, glacial presence moving to it’s own inner workings and invention.

‘Amaryllis’ defies the definition of rewind by way of the fact that you’ll never hear the same thing twice no matter how many times you to try to hear it. Like any instant, the air moves,thoughts change, moods alter, and the music found here lives well within the delicacy of that moment.

Many of these titles, such as bassist Peacock’s ‘Voices Of The Past’ and ‘Requim’; drummer Motian’s ‘Conceptual Vessel’ and pianist Crispell’s expressive ‘Rounds’ may be familiar to followers, they haven’t been heard with this degree of telepathic clarity and musical trust only true virtuosos can conspire.

But it is the trios moving improvisations, especially Crispell’s title track, that silences the listeners’ anxious heart. The musician’s freedom to create transcends the recorded medium, allowing each listener his or her own voice in this uniquely creative atmosphere. ‘Amaryllis’ is, quite simply, an illumination.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Crispell / Peacock / Motian
  • CD Title: Amaryllis
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: emc
  • Rating: Four Stars
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