Bruce Arnold Trio, A Few Dozen (43:41); MSK112, 2000 Muse Eek Records 550 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012 Phone: 212-226-7653 E-mail: Michal@muse-eek.com Cyberhome: www.muse-eek.com or www.arnoldjazz.com A Few Dozen finds guitarist Bruce Arnold adapting serialist and twelve-tone concepts to jazz composition and improvisation. Joined by bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tony Moreno, Arnold comes up with a heady brew that defies easy categorization. There's an angular edge to much of the material, especially the title track and the multilayered "Dialog." But the tempos and moods do vary - witness the latin bounce of "Broadway Y2K," the brooding slowness of "Numbers," and the singable beauty of "Reflection." Arnold shows that twelve-tone techniques needn't be stiff, strident, or opaque; they can even yield a lovely ballad. And their formal strictures can lend melodic shape and focus to a solo, as Arnold also repeatedly proves. ~David R. Adler, 3/6/00 Tracks: 1. A Few Dozen 2. Reflection 3. 7th Street 4. Numbers Prelude 5. Numbers 6. Broadway Y2K 7. Dialog Personnel: Bruce Arnold, guitar; Ratzo B. Harris, acoustic bass; Tony Moreno, drums and percussion
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