At first pass, the instrumental lineup on "Fragment" (Guitar, Bass, Drums and Winds) begs a big OH NO!!! Is this a "strap yourself in for the ‘stainless steel’ bright sound recording with lots of intense notes?" You know, the technical "Shoot Out at the OK Corral."
NOT SO!!! with the Bruce Saunders Quartet - "Fragment."
Bruce gives us great interactive playing from finely-seasoned musicians. He takes advantage of the group’s talents by giving them songs with leg room. All are originals except Monk’s "Light Blue."
The playing is stellar, but overshadowed by something more impressive to me. What could that be? The listening. Can a person actually "hear" listening??? In this case, I say yes! "Fragment" is a great combination of writing, playing and four musicians interacting together with the seeming comfort of a loose fitting sweater.
The music boils, but never over the top as to spill out of control. We should challenge ourselves to listen to the music the way the quartet listened during the recording session.
Nice conversation, Bruce. Thanks for letting us in on it.