DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET
Some Trees

[hathut, www.hathut.com]

First admission - I missed Daniel Levin's "Don't Go It Alone" when it was issued on the Riti label four years back, so I'm not going to rant about how he's changed directions or softened his musical stance. But I'll say this much - the cellist's strong-headed leadership and compositional skills are something to rave about. "Some Trees" is a project recorded in March 2005 that turns the final word over to Levin and clears the playing field wide open with regards to the compositional factor as well. His quartet is one that was mutinously hand-picked - from vibe player Matt Moran, trumpeter Nate Wooley and bassist Joe Morris. The lack of percussion makes this a session of what some would refer to as "third stream" music, though that doesn't necessarily hold true. If we assume "third stream" flows somewhere between the jazz and classical idioms, then just maybe we could have a case. However, this session is too rich and complex to allow for simplistic labelling. Levin composes pieces that are multi-layered and made up of numerous ebbs, flows, climaxes and reflective lows. His aim is not necessarily to draw the listener in right away. He's more interested in textures the quartet as a whole is bound to produce, given the right ingredients and the right mixing is done. While Joe Morris is a stand out on his own, given the chance, his duos with Levin are the ear-grabbers. Listen to the way he creates austere suspense on "Zolowski". Along with tender plucking, Levin weaves mournful passages in and out of our ear's bounds. It's as if he were teasing Morris all along. Personal highlight is vibraphonist Matt Moran, who turns out to be a more concrete Walt Dickerson. In his careful study of the other players, he comes up with some wonderful passages that colour the greyish landscape. If the topic of highlights is to be assessed, then Nate Wooley's name is certainly on that list. The trumpeter's persistently bitter-sweet, hushed trumpet passages make for some interesting shades in the outcome of these pieces. In fact, his rich colours are something that gives the record its starkly bright colour scheme. Whether duelling, soloing, or playing as a true quartet, Levin thought up ideal themes for his players to go through. All of these alternate enough so that the listener is kept at the maximum level of interest. Mark this record as an essential "must buy" item on a special occasion for someone close to your heart.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ The Beauty Room - The Beauty Room
+ Louie Austen - Iguana
+ Split EP 3
+ Brak - Brak
+ Cassius - 15 Again
+ Conjoint - A Few Empty Chairs
+ Contemporary Household - She Said
+ Contriva - Separate Chambers
+ Housemeister - Enlarge Your Dose
+ Michael Mayer - Immer 2
+ Isolee - Hermelin/Ermine
+ Hanno Leichtmann - Nuit Du Plomb
+ The Mars Volta - Amputechture
+ Milosh - Meme
+ Morgentau - Sunrise
+ My My - Songs For The Gentle
+ 4 Women No Cry - Vol. 2
+ Older - Inside Of The Tears
+ Phage & Daniel Dreier - Beeswax
+ The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
+ Reynold - My Favorite Film
+ DJ Shadow - The Outsider
+ Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel
+ Transmission - Beyond Light
+ Transit Kings - Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon - Works In The Mix
+ Unknownmix - The Siren
+ Marshall Watson - Math And Other Word Problems
+ Paul Wirkus - Deformation Profesionnelle
+ ZokZok - Sieben
+ Jesu - Silver
+ Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - The Exchange Session vol. 1
+ Hervé Boghossian w/ John Tilbury & Mark Wastell - Archi.Texture Vol.1
+ Wade Matthews/Ingar Zach - Mørke - Lys
+ Keith Rowe/Mark Wastell - Confront Performance Series 02
+ Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig - Leaves
+ Diane Cluck - Monarcana
+ Z'EV - Rhythmajik
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Soundsystem: Live
+ Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells a Bit
+ Troum/Martyn Bates - To a Child Dancing in the Winds
+ Le Forbici di Manitu - Tagliare
+ August Born - August Born
+ V.A. - Not Alone

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+ DEREK BAILEY - To Play
+ Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh - Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi
+ GRIZZLY BEAR - Yellow House
>> DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
+ RASHIM - Suns.Shadows
+ RAFAEL TORAL - Space
+ PAUL FLAHERTY - Whirl of Nothingness
+ THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - BalladWare
+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
+ MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
+ MYLES BOISEN & JON RASKIN - Music + One
+ V.A. - Tone 25
+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
+ ZOMBIE - Digitalis
+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
+ LOUIE AUSTEN - Iguana
+ V.A. - Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Lubimy eksperymentować - rozmowa z Digital Factor - Mike Langer'em
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