Vision: Live from the 2002 Vision Festival [Bonus DVD]

Vision: Live from the 2002 Vision Festival [Bonus DVD]

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Often, anthologies of recorded excerpts from live performances at jazz festivals don't work. Given that these performances are removed from the context of what came before or followed them, continuity is lacking and a piece of music feels as if it were played in a void rather than in front of an enthusiastic audience. Vision, recorded live at the 2002 Vision Festival, doesn't succumb to that problem. Instead, each of these nine selections feels as if it were played in sequence. Whether that is due to judicious editing or excellent aesthetics is open to debate, but one might prefer to believe the latter. Like Aum Fidelity, another East Coast independent label dedicated to bringing the new music to listeners, Thirsty Ear (and in particular its Blue Series) has consistently delivered the goods and broken barriers. The nine cuts here are no exception. Containing work from Jemeel Moondoc's Muntu, Dave Burrell and Tyrone Brown in a piano and bass duet, Billy Bang's latest trio, Douglas Ewart's quintet with Wadada Leo Smith, Joseph Jarman, Hamid Drake, and William Parker, the late Peter Kowald, Matthew Shipp's String Trio, Kidd Jordan and Fred Anderson's quartet, Ellen Christi's fine band, and Karen Borca's foursome, this is an equal-opportunity representation of seasoned vets and Young Lions. Some of the performances themselves are edited down or faded, but given the sequencing, it doesn't matter. The fade from Muntu to Burrell works in that dynamics change just jarringly enough for the listener to move into a different space. Likewise, the tonal explorations of Bang's trio are supported well as they give way to the Ewart quintet's bliss-and-holler dynamics, where Smith and Jarman wrap streams of harmonic extension around one another in response to a rhythm section at its most open and freewheeling once the piece gets moving. The Borca band is pure fury, with a rhythm section consisting of bassist Reggie Workman and Newman-Taylor Baker on drums. Borca's bassoon stands in sharp yet complementary texture to Rob Brown's alto. For whatever reason, this particular segment is marred by substandard sound, but the performance is stellar enough that one can ignore that. Finally, there is Peter Kowald's moving and adventurous bass solo, which lasts over ten minutes. It is never dry, often wry, and completely revelatory in terms of the evolution of the instrument not only in modern jazz, but as a solo improvisational instrument. The set also comes with a bonus DVD of these performances at the festival in 5:1 ratio sound. Great deal. Great anthology.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Thirsty Ear
UPC: 0700435713123
catalogNumber: 57131
Rank: 112564


  1. Truth Is Marching In
  2. Existence
  3. Bangart 100
  4. Crepuscule IV in Powderhorn Park
  5. Speech of Form
  6. 45 Hours
  7. Synchronicity
  8. Spirits Came In
  9. Improvisation

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jin Hi Kim   Komungo
Hamiet Bluiett   Baritone Saxophone
Dave Burrell   Piano
Joseph Jarman   Reeds
Billy Bang   Violin
Fred Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Peter Kowald   Bass
Wadada Leo Smith   Trumpet
Matthew Shipp   Piano
William Parker   Bass
Douglas Ewart   Reeds
Roy Campbell   Trumpet
Newman Baker   Drums
Tyrone Brown   Bass
Hamid Drake   Drums
Jemeel Moondoc   Alto Saxophone
Reggie Workman   Bass
Rob Brown   Alto Saxophone
Kidd Jordan   Alto Saxophone
Rashid Bakr   Drums
Rolf Sturm   Guitar
Mat Maneri   Viola
Karen Borca   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Albert Ayler   Composer
Matthew Shipp   Composer
Raymond Ross   Video Images
Jeff Schlanger   Paintings
Cynthia Fetty   Graphic Design
Donald Jacobs   Engineer
Jesse Serrins   Copy Editing
Steven Heger   Engineer
Michael Lucio Sternbach   Video Editor

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