Steve Barry/Judy Bailey: Elements (Rattle)

 |   |  1 min read

Tane-Rore
Steve Barry/Judy Bailey: Elements (Rattle)

Expat New Zealand pianist Barry studied under the exceptional Australia Bailey when he attended Sydney's Conservatorium of Music (where Mike Nock also taught) on a jazz course and almost immediately discovered they had a mutual understanding when it came to live improvisation.

Barry called it “telepathy” and this session recorded live in August 2018 confirms that.

The album title refers to time as much as the five elements (pieces here include Magma, Tane-Rore, The Dinosaur Plod, Maelstrom, New Dawn and at the end The Forest Sleeps).

So there an exploratory, evocative thread binding the nine pieces which are by turns brooding (the short opener Magma), dreamlike as atoms and molecules draw together (Exordium), playful (Fairy Goblins' Dance), muscular (Dinosaur Plod) and busy (the three minute Maelstrom, of course).

Often with demanding, improvised music we say that this music is not for everyone (or some other similar consumer warning).

But while this by description – solo pianos, free improvisation – might seem to require that counsel, that isn't the case here.

This is highly approachable, utterly engaging, sounds like the music for a contemporary dance production (shut your eyes) and is never so far out that you don't feel it will come back.

Take the journey through time and the mind.


You can hear and buy this CD from Rattle here. And hear it on bandcamp here.

Check out Steve Barry's earlier Rattle album at Elsewhere here

ELSEWHERE ENCOURAGES ITS READERS TO SUPPORT NEW ZEALAND ARTISTS BY BUYING THEIR MUSIC DIRECTLY RATHER THAN STREAM THROUGH SPOTIFY WHERE THEIR RETURNS ARE NEGLIGIBLE




Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

MILES DAVIS, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1990): Miles runs the voodoo down

MILES DAVIS, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1990): Miles runs the voodoo down

When trumpeter Miles Davis turned 60 in 1986 the New York weekly Village Voice marked the occasion with a lavish 28-page supplement of essays and critical opinion. By way of introduction the... > Read more

Treesearch: Know More Knowledge (577 Records/digital outlets)

Treesearch: Know More Knowledge (577 Records/digital outlets)

The duo Treesearch from the US – on the same label 577 Records as the great saxophonist/trumpeter Daniel Carter – are violinist Keir GoGwilt and acoustic bassist Kyle Motl.... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator/Southbound)

Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator/Southbound)

The remarkable thing about Chicago's Alligator label – and singer-guitarist Ellis who started his career on it three decades ago – is just how consistent the quality of their... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . .  BERT JANSCH: The most reluctant hero

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . BERT JANSCH: The most reluctant hero

Few musicians have recoiled from the glare of fame as assiduously as British guitarist and singer Bert Jansch. This solo artist and founder member of the seminal UK folk group Pentangle... > Read more