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Floriculture by Carl Maguire

A heterogeneous composition on Maguire’s piano opens up the tempo on "Egocentric," the first track of Floriculture. Then, a tandem between the piano and Trevor Dunn’s bass installs a complex virtuosity between both artists, scintillated by Dan Weiss’s cymbals to leave some space for Chris Mannigan’s nimbleness. You get caught immediately by the complicatedness of Maguire’s amazing compositions.

Yes, Floriculture is all about Maguire’s compositions which will entreat listeners with his heavyhearted, chummy style. The vibrations of his piano are euphonious and gushing, yet the intricacy of these vibrancies allows for Mannigan’s elysian offset alto on "Sweet Air Flying."

"Denizen Green - for Mark Dresser" acquiesce Dunn’s stringed know-how, not too mention Weiss’s blow of sticks and softness of cymbals. "Jilly" is wild-eye opened by the alto, gathered by an amorous piano that might, without a doubt, compromise fanciful emotions and thoughts on Jilly.

"Chamber Social" fetches and sweeps swingy melodies that clue in Maguire’s complex compositions, certainly invigorated by his group, which I believe has been performing together for five years. Indeed, Floriculture was recorded in Brooklyn in 2002, thus Maguire’s music recalls that art without prudence might be sometimes art in vain.

All the joy one will measure is worth the four years that have passed by. In a way, Maguire’s virtuosity is a good example of temperance and it guarantees a purer and fuller pleasure. Floriculture is such a free pleasure, which makes enjoying it only better: because it also enjoys its own freedom!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Carl Maguire
  • CD Title: Floriculture
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Between the Lines
  • Tracks: Egocentric, Denizen Green - For Mark Dresser, Jilly, Chamber Social, Subsurface, Ermes Marana - After Italo Calvino, The Nord Lord - For Gabriel.
  • Musicians: Carl Maguire (piano), Chris Mannigan (alto saxophone), Trevor Dunn (bass), Dan Weiss (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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