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Album Review

Jazz may be America's indigenous music, but David Rogers has set out to internationalize it, seamlessly incorporating native rhythms and instruments from a variety of nations. Rogers is, of course, far from the first to bring world music elements into jazz, but few artists today take the creation of this mélange quite as seriously as the tenor saxophonist does, or bring such consistent inventiveness to the effort. Rogers studied music (specifically, the local drumming and the horse-hair fiddle) in Ghana for two years and, earlier in his life, lived in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, so it's not all that surprising that he would look to those lessons in global culture to give his jazz colorings not often found in most domestic recordings. Working with five superb musicians on this collection of six pieces recorded ten years prior to this CD's release (and before the Ghana stay), Rogers is more than generous in doling out solo time and in allowing his crew to forge new directions. Whether tilting Latin, as on the album-closing "La Isla de Reyes," featuring masterful piano work from Craig Taborn, or spotlighting the gyil (an African xylophone), played by both Mark Stone and Derek Bermel on the tour de force, gamelan-esque, 11-plus-minute "Oboo Ketua Nyom," Rogers is conscious that his chosen music is a distinctly American one, yet he's determined to go multilingual, musically speaking. At times, as on the title track, Rogers' saxophone work and overall outlook bring to mind no less than John Coltrane during the latter's period of experimenting with Indian music tonalities. That's not to imply that Rogers attempts to emulate Coltrane (or even that the track is Indian-inspired), only that, like the master, Rogers is a relentless seeker with an eye beyond borders: The 13-minute excursion is a percussion feast that finds Rogers doubling on lunna (African talking drum), Bermel also handling both clarinet and lunna, and Stone on gungon drum. Acoustic bassist Marion Hayden, trap drummer Gerald Cleaver and pianist Taborn use the occasion to explore freely and wildly, coalescing single-mindedly at that place where it all comes together to form something fresh and exciting. Each track here is a world unto its own, precisely, one would imagine, what Rogers had in mind.

The World Is Not Your Home, David Rogers Sextet
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 04 January 2007

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