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Sarah Bernstein Quartet - Still / Free (2016)

17-06-2016, 16:15

Title: Still / Free
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Leo Records
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Quality: Mp3 320 kbps
Total Time: 0:55:50
Total Size: 131 Mb


01. Still / Free 8:17
02. Paper Eyes 5:32
03. Cede 7:52
04. Nightmorning 7:18
05. 4= 12:36
06. Jazz Camp 10:13
07. Wind Chime 3:55

Sarah Bernstein - violin
Kris Davis - piano
Stuart Popejoy - electric bass
Ches Smith - drums

There’s something bold in the first part of Still/Free, violinist Sarah Bernstein’s debut quartet album, released earlier this year by Leo Records. This boldness isn’t arrived at by the more common and obvious method of all-out technical bombast but rather by sustained quiet control and a sense of patience bespeaking true confidence. That is to say, if the eponymous opener introduces an introspective world of unhurried arpeggios, rich hesitations, and gradual repetition, it is not out of timidity but out of masterful restraint.

In following this first track with a second quiet meditation (“Paper Eyes,” a ballad), Bernstein ups the ante, challenging listeners to stick with her while she puts off showcasing dynamic range to continue building a relatively “still” atmosphere. Of course with such a stellar group of musicians at her disposal—Kris Davis on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass, and Ches Smith on drums—this is no real risk on Bernstein’s part, or chore on the listener’s. Bernstein herself as leader and composer gets much of the spotlight throughout the album, but not an inordinate amount—as expected, any of Kris Davis’s solo is worthy of highlight-status. And it’s to the rhythm section’s credit that they understand when to hang back, playing for the tune and in support of their band mates.

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