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Tandem Rivers by Blaise Siwula & Adam Lane

Saxophonist Blaise Siwula is one of the more prolific New York City area improvisers and organizer of free-jazz based concerts. Whereas, bassist Adam Lane is rapidly becoming an in-demand session ace, aside from his various solo endeavors. A strong and quite suitable match indeed, as this album emanates from a live date recorded at a Tibetan Buddhist establishment known as "The Three Jewels," in New York City. Simply put, this duo seizes your attention! On this release consisting of four lengthy improvisations, Siwula toggles between soprano and alto saxophones in tandem with Lane’s complex bass lines. Here, the duo generally executes at the same pace, amid various deviations. As the saxophonist’s signature style, vibrato techniques and semi-relaxed phraseology remain intact. Siwula often goes full throttle yet rarely loses control throughout these generally swirling pieces awash with his rhythmically motivated popping sounds and much more. With the piece titled "Tandem Rivers," the duo’s swiftly rendered unison choruses seems fairly amazing, especially since these movements were composed on the fly. Hence, Siwula and Lane deliver the goods in autonomous fashion - where freedom of expression surfaces as a cohesive union of two spiritually motivated improvisers. Recommended...

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Blaise Siwula & Adam Lane
  • CD Title: Tandem Rivers
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Cadence Jazz Records
  • Tracks: Opal, Tandem Rivers, Crystal Radio, Night
  • Musicians: Blaise Siwula (soprano and alto saxophones), Adam Lane (bass)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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