Chamber Jazz is not a new invention: the idea of eliminating the drums as the rhythmic base was done by Jimmy Giuffre in his famous trios, like the historic one with Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on bass. Tim Ferguson, American double bassist, has also tried his hand at creating a disc with that intimate atmosphere and has succeeded in capturing some very beautiful moments, for example the duet where he bows with pianist Diane Moser during his piece Un bel lago, a quasi impressionistic piece in which as he continues playing pizzicato, trumpet player Rob Henke evokes classic Miles Davis. The disc is however extremely varied, alternating between improvised moments and others in which composition takes precedence. Silence by Charlie Haden begins the set, and certain parts of its performance are reminiscent of the latest recordings by Tomasz Stanko. Elsewhere, instead there are sounds of be-bop, for example Only a Dream in which the precise chords of the piano accompany an extremely strong pizzicato bass and muted trumpet. Henke’s A Drink and a Cigarette is also beautiful and reminiscent of Miles. There is the coolest West Coast of One for Mal and intense moments in the bass solo on If You Call Me, Then I’ll Call You, and Hold that Thought, the title cut of the disc which also features an extremely lyrical trumpet solo. Overall this disc presents an enchanting crepuscular atmosphere to listen to. In the liner notes the leader writes that he knows that the audience for this type of music is small, but hopes it will be appreciated because it is a labor of love. But how could anyone not recognize the beauty and charm of a work like this?
by Vittorio, 11-16-2015