I am acquainted with Ken Schaphorst from his work with his big bands and as the Chairman of Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatoire. Indigenous Technology is a departure for maestro Schaphorst in two respects. One, He is opting for a trio context in which to present his compositions. And two, this trio is anything but standard. Joining Schaphorst are mallets player Dane Richeson and cellist Matt Turner. What they create is a collection of moody, almost ambient pieces that make for interesting, even provocative pieces.
As a collection, the assembled pieces on Indigenous Technology
hang together with the adhesive of innovation and make the recording compelling in an academic sort of way. For Schaphorst fans, I still suggest his big band recordings. He is perfectly in his element in the large ensemble. This trio outing is a creative sabbatical for investigation and is successful a an informative listening experience, but is perhaps too much a masters class in composition. Indigenous Technology is to Ken Schaphorst’s artistic evolution what Eraser Head
was to David Lynche’s.