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Not everything that saxophonist Russ Gershon's Boston-based Accurate Records has put out over the years is avant-garde. But if the company is best known for a particular approach to jazz, it is an inside/outside approach -- artists who can be mildly avant-garde, but are not hard-left iconoclasts and don't isolate themselves from "the tradition" meaning straight-ahead jazz. Accurate isn't as radical as Knitting Factory, but at the same time, Gershon doesn't expect his artists to spend all their time regurgitating "I Got Rhythm" clichés. And if that inside/outside approach is your view of Accurate Records, Rick McLaughlin's Study of Light should be considered a ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not everything that saxophonist Russ Gershon's Boston-based Accurate Records has put out over the years is avant-garde. But if the company is best known for a particular approach to jazz, it is an inside/outside approach -- artists who can be mildly avant-garde, but are not hard-left iconoclasts and don't isolate themselves from "the tradition" meaning straight-ahead jazz. Accurate isn't as radical as Knitting Factory, but at the same time, Gershon doesn't expect his artists to spend all their time regurgitating "I Got Rhythm" clichés. And if that inside/outside approach is your view of Accurate Records, Rick McLaughlin's Study of Light should be considered a quintessentially Accurate release. Like so many other Accurate titles, Study of Light the acoustic bassist's first album as a leader is a non-dogmatic effort that looks to both the inside and outside for inspiration. Actually, this post-bop/avant-garde CD mildly avant-garde, that is is more inside than outside -- probably about 80 percent inside, 20 percent outside. Forming a drumless trio with pianist Greg Burk and saxophonist Jeremy Udden, McLaughlin is often mindful of the ECM catalog -- and much of the playing tends to be ethereal and lyrical. McLaughlin and his colleagues provide their share of inviting, very digestible post-bop melodies, and the fact that they include Duke Ellington's "Isfahan" lets you know that they aren't oblivious to the tradition far from it. But on Study of Light, a sophisticated, urbane melody can lead to some AACM-influenced outside improvisation -- that is, if the trio feels that it is appropriate. McLaughlin, Burk, and Udden keep their options open and by doing so demonstrate that jazz really can be "the sound of surprise" to borrow a phrase coined by critic Whitney Balliett. Thoughtful and lucid yet spontaneous, Study of Light is a memorable outing for the New England bassist.
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What distinguishes this recording is the simplicity these musicians consent to serve.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Accurate Records
  • UPC: 743431504821
  • Catalog Number: 5048

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Assev Vif/Trés Rhythmé (8:52)
  2. 2 Ink (6:17)
  3. 3 Marina (7:43)
  4. 4 O.P. (10:15)
  5. 5 Blink to Be (5:00)
  6. 6 Delicate (7:39)
  7. 7 Colours of Chloé (8:50)
  8. 8 Isfahan (5:49)
  9. 9 Without a Song (11:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick McLaughlin Primary Artist, Bass, Group Member
Greg Burk Piano, Group Member
Jeremy Udden Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Sam Jones Composer
Eberhard Weber Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Peter Kontrimas Engineer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Rick McLaughlin Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Greg Burk Composer
Billy Rose Composer
John Weston Mastering
Rick Mclaughlin Producer
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