Review: Mat Maneri featuring Joe McPhee

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Mat Maneri featuring Joe McPhee
“Sustain”
(Thirsty Ear)

Mat Maneri performs on a bevy of violin forms on this delicate and focused album. These violin derivatives include five-string viola, electric six-string violin and baritone violin. The drone-like tone coloring of the slow bowing matched to the low-frequency plucking from ├╝ber-bassist William Parker gives an Oriental feel to “Alone (Origin)”. Subdued, introspective keyboards from Craig Taborn lend a chill, ambient feel to the music. Similarly disembodied and reflective is the soprano saxophone of Joe McPhee. The entire measured and meditative approach makes for a romantic free jazz, an experimental ensemble with poignant self-awareness.