Depict if you can, the flow of raging rapids as it journeys through a mountains demanding ravines. It’s with that same natural poetic ecstasy that the hands of Gene Ess manipulate the frets of his instrument, an unnatural action for some. However, for Ess it is that specific gift that has the strings alive with vibrancy. Ess’s new release Sandbox and Sanctum released be SIMP Records in 2005 showcases the acute talent of this man and his quartet. So far removed from the pack equipped in sorts with a unique and diverse method of style.
Sandbox and Sanctum is a capsule of original compositions put in motion to work in sync providing a philosophy set to music. In embracing this jewel box, allow yourself to flow with segues, tones, and arrangement variances, most amazing are the moments one captures while they listen. This disk makes you feel many things all of which are personal.
If you’re not familiar with the Ess design your not alone. However after these recordings of Sunrise Falling (2003 AMP Records) and No One in Particular Rashied Ali Quartet (2001 Survival Records) it assists you in understanding the string work. Ess is one musician that invites innovation and exposes it to the world.
Push play on "Baptisma Pyros" for it will demonstrate the precise string flow and movement of Ess’s style. Gene Jackson also keeps the piece together with the ease of his skin injections.
Ess again comes out with a subtle dominance in "Sun Matsuri," but what I enjoyed in this cut was the sax appeal of Donny McCaslin, coming out with vibrant determination. However, you slice this arrangement it is a special piece that states a strong message. Figure it out for yourself!
So refreshing is this offering that I can just expand only on what I feel not what you should feel. Take the spin and it will have meaning for you.