David Phillips and Freedance

David Phillips and Freedance

by David Phillips
     
 

Freedance is bassist and leader David Phillips, saxophonist John O'Gallagher, drummer Tony Moreno, and the vastly underrated guitarist Rez Abbasi. Aside from brooding, unusual readings of "You and the Night and the Music" and "In a Sentimental Mood," all the tracks on thisSee more details below

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Freedance is bassist and leader David Phillips, saxophonist John O'Gallagher, drummer Tony Moreno, and the vastly underrated guitarist Rez Abbasi. Aside from brooding, unusual readings of "You and the Night and the Music" and "In a Sentimental Mood," all the tracks on this excellent debut album are originals. Phillips wrote the majority; Abbasi contributed the offbeat "New Esthetic" and the intense 5/4 vehicle "Creating Destiny," while Moreno penned the rhythmically enchanting "Paper Spoons." The music reveals a wide array of influences, from the ECM-flavored lilt of "Rezolution" and "Spiritual" to the driving funk of "Soul Food." Rich sonic contrasts abound, many of which are provided by Abbasi's guitar, which calls to mind Bill Frisell, Ben Monder, and even a touch of Mike Stern. On "New Esthetic," "Rezolution," and "Spiritual," Abbasi plays acoustic, providing one of the album's most beautiful textures. His solo sound on "Eastern Peace" and "Paper Spoons" is clean and trebly yet warm; on "Soul Food" and "Creating Destiny," it is overdriven and wild with no loss of clarity. O'Gallagher, switching between alto and tenor, delivers strong yet understated solos, focusing on melody to a greater extent than many contemporary young saxophonists. Phillips reserves two tracks as unaccompanied bass solos: the virtuosic arco feature "Pops and Poppies" and the poetic pizzicato "Valerina." Moreno locks in perfectly with Phillips throughout, serving each composition selflessly. How unfortunate that this music, which was recorded in 1995, had to wait five years before being released. But with this strong disc as its calling card, the group should be able to forge ahead and produce more excellent work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313606122
catalogNumber:
86061

Tracks

  1. Eastern Peace  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  2. You and the Night and the Music  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  3. Scramble from the White House  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  4. Pops and Poppies  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  5. New Esthetic  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  6. Soul Food  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  7. Rezolution  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  8. Paper Spoons  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  9. Valerina  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  10. Creating Destiny  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  11. Spiritual  -  David Phillips & Freedance
  12. In a Sentimental Mood  -  David Phillips & Freedance

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