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Jon Irabagon Trio with Barry Altschul – Foxy

As radical as all this sounds, there's also a very strong sense of the jazz standard in effect throughout this recording. Indeed, an orderly economical sort of spirit pervades these radically uneconomical proceedings. That's because the whole thing is based on familiar jazz chord changes. Like Rollins, Irabagon also has a fondness for dropping all sorts of familiar melodies and quotes from all sorts of music into his improvisations. These snippets often act as a sort of thematic launching pad for further variations and new directions that keep the listener interested. Though neither Brendler nor Altschul get a solo per se, they ebb and flow with Irabagon – throttling back or adding steam as the situation demands. Really, it's quite amazing to hear how Irabagon works a phrase, stretching it out and moving on to the next idea. Though this CD may not be the casual jazz listener's cup of tea, “Foxy” consistently rewards those who are willing to give it their undivided attention for the full 78 minutes. As demanding as that may seem, “Foxy” is quite a bit of fun to listen to.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jon Irabagon Trio with Barry Altschul
  • CD Title: Foxy
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: Hot Cup Records
  • Tracks: Foxy, Proxy, Chicken Poxy, Boxy, Hydroxy, Biloxi, Tsetse, Unorthodoxy, Epoxy, Roxy, Foxy (Radio Edit), Moxie
  • Musicians: Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Barry Altschul (drums), Peter Brendler (bass)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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