DENNIS GONZALEZ'S INSPIRATION BAND
Nile River Suite

[daagnim Records, www.dennisgonzalez.com]

DENNIS GONZALEZ YELLS AT EELS
Geografia

[Inner Realms Outer Realms Records, www.dennisgonzalez.com]

ALVIN FIELDER TRIO
A Measure of Vision

[Cleanfeed Records, www.cleanfeed-records.com]

Trumpeter/composer Dennis Gonzalez has been spewing out CDs faster than the speed of light. For about three decades, he's been mesmerising listeners with his brand of tightly knit music that allows players the freedom to improvise; in the process showing off their true selves.
His 2005 release "Nile River Suite" is a fine example of this tendency. By assembling some of the best players on today's jazz scene, he's able to creatively showcase his music to a wider audience. Along with Gonzalez, we have bassist Henry Grimes, trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr. [who also plays flugelhorn and pocket trumpet], saxophonist/clarinettist Sabir Mateen and percussionist Michael "T.A." Thompson. Much of the record is given over to the "Nile River Suite", which is in turn broken up into four easy-to-manage pieces. The suite meanders mostly in the valley regions and it's the subtlety of everyone's playing that ends up being at the centre of attention. It's the valleys of some of these pieces that peak my interest the most. As Mateen and Campbell Jr. blow out duelling flute melodies, Gonzalez sings a sweet melody around them, while the rhythm section plays a tight line. If this isn't some sort of music that pays homage to the gods, then I don't know what is. The other pieces on the album are a blast as well. On the opening "Lyons in Lyon", Gonzalez plays wicked trumpet blasts, while Campbell Jr. and Mateen weave spiralling circles around him. Grimes is all plucking glory, heavy in his delivery, though he's able to play in a restrained mode when needed. Thompson's delivery on the drums is both thoughtful but somewhat predictable, in the sense that you just know he'll be holding back a full-blown barrage while the band plays music that is provocative and reflective in nature. When Mateen picks up the tenor and Campbell switches to flugelhorn, there are some fires to be lit in our ears. Spiritual music that is blessed with an affinity for another world, Gonzalez has outdone himself.
Gonzalez's Yells at Eels band has been going strong now for nearly a decade. Featuring his brothers – Aaron Gonzalez on bass and Stefan Gonzalez on percussion – the album feels somewhat more structured than the previously mentioned record. Opening tune "Ethereal Carpet Ride" features Stefan on vibraphone, as Dennis and Devon Wells trade off on a lovely flute motif. Even though the piece is composed, it retains a loose feel, as the rhythm section is all over the map. Dennis even joins in and adds his percussive skills to the mix to give the piece an even more vibrant feel. Tenor saxophonist Carl Smith joins in on the title track with some rambunctious blowing. Gonzalez connects and the two play some counter-point, trading lines. On the extended "Crow Soul", Kim Corbet provides some barrelling trombone blows and some interesting electronic treatments, while Bill Pohl lays down a bed of stringy guitar barrage underneath the melody line. When Aaron switches to electric bass on "Mutation Station", the proceedings take a more energized feel. Gonzalez's trumpet work is scorching, though never over-the-top in any sort of way. Each of the players gets their turn to tell their side of the story and the album is a blast. Repeat listening sessions are highly recommended to get the whole scope of the highly skilled communication patterns that are evident at every turn.
Coming off a strong series of albums with Joel Futterman and Ike Levin, former Sun Ra Arkestra percussionist Alvin Fielder makes what is incredibly the first album under his own name. Joining his trio are pianist Chris Parker and Dennis Gonzalez on trumpet. As guests, Fielder invited the other two musical members of the Gonzalez clan, bassist Aaron and percussionist Stefan. Only two pieces are given collective credit to the trio, while all others are composed by either of the two men. "Time No Time" is a jarring Kidd Jordan number that is infiltrated with a string of Gonzalez – Parker trajectory lines. While Parker is a keen pianist, his style is best categorized as controlled anger. When he unleashes melodies, they're usually spewed out in thick clusters. On a few occasions when he's cutting things loose – as on "Your Old Men Shall Dream Dreams" - he's more alive in the role of an instigator of pure rhythm. When Stefan joins in on the vibes on "Ripe For Vision", Parker's playing becomes electric. Gonzalez tends to keep things simmering on the trumpet. His blows are controlled and yet they sound free and restless. Fielder's percussive wizardry is all over this album. Though he's largely constrained by the other player's directions, he'll let out a jolting barrel of a hit once in a while. His playing could best be summarized by saying that he's loosely precise. In a funny sort of way, he knows the structures of the pieces but he's willing to go out on a limb and take a chance. Richly rewarding album; one that only gets better with time.

- Tom Sekowski


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