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Sacred Machines

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Album Review

For his sophomore effort (his first on a label), New York saxophonist Glenn White has brought together a wide range of influences and stylistic elements, combining it all into one surprisingly coherent work. The album opens with the title track, a dense piece that takes some cues from Coltrane's "Giant Steps" motifs, particularly in the piano comping, excellently provided by Roberta Piket. The album takes a good turn toward the urban with pieces like "Triality," also combining the flute of Jamie Baum to a degree not common in jazz albums. For White, the flute appears to act as a melodic lightener when used alone, as well as a harmonic addition, doubling the sax lines from time to time. In "Washington Heights," White combines the nightclub style of jazz common to New York with a spaciousness to the composition (largely due to some extra flute used to set the scene), a common element in a lot of jazz produced west of the Mississippi (White has spent time in both Arizona and Alaska). There's a little more counterpoint and what almost sounds like a quick rondo in "Phobia," some nice soloing all around in "Wish," and a driving rhythm section in "Aftermath" that opens up with the winds in a way that almost evokes Albert Ayler. Sacred Machines features a little bit of discord in the instruments, a little bit of complexity in the compositions, a little bit of richness in the sax solos, and a lot of highly intriguing music pumped out by the whole ensemble. With this release, White proves himself worthy of the jump from self-production to the eclectic but quality-driven OA2 label.

Customer Reviews

About the saxman...

Well, I'm not exactly an impartial listener, since I've known Glenn for a loooong time. I'm not really a jazz fan but I know that this dude taught me more about music than I thought was possible to know. So I'm tipping my hat to my long time buddy and passionate musician, Mister Glenn A. White.(affectionately known as Brillo way back when) Sacred Machines is a great listen and if you dig sax jazz (Jazz sax?) then check it out. in all honesty the word mourned when this guy dropped the geeetar and ran with the sax ( you should have heard that boy jam!)...but that's just my headbanger opinion! Great disc Bruthah!!!'.......So Sayeth the Leech! Great sounds, bud!

Sacred Machines, Glenn White
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jul 22, 2008

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