The Zone

R/M/E

The Zone

Konnex (2006)

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Paul Rutherford (trombone), Torsten Muller (bass)

"A magnificent statement... lots of room for drummer and bassist to explore their shared and contentious domain, gnomic wisdoms from the senior player, great collective understanding."

-Brian Morton
Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 9th Edition

NOTES AND INFO

from Penguin Guide to Jazz 9th Edition:

**** The Zone

"Rutherford continued - scandalously - to play more dates abroad than in his native Britain. This comes from a concert in Santa Fe with the only European bassist who can currently aspire to Peter Kowald’s and with a young Canadian drummer whose quiet, concentrated approach adds hugely to this superb recording. For long periods on the opening ‘Booming Grounds,’ it is genuinely difficult to separate ‘bone squeaks, Muller’s creaking-branch effect and the delicate susurrus of Eisenstadt’s kit. The sound flows easily and as if from a single imagination – perhaps The Zone is the locus. The title-track begins with Rutherford, and when he comes in it is with absolute logic and authority, playing rich, brassy tones as close to ‘idiomatic’ trombone-playing’ as you’ll hear from him. A magnificent statement, but does the track just end or has the tape been edited before the applause? On ‘Laughing Lizard,’ Rutherford sets up a didjeridu growl under Muller, and only later moves to open tones. The final piece, ‘Schoenberg Swung Am Hardesten,’ pretty much sums up the rest of the record; again, mostly quiet, with lots of room for drummer and bassist to explore their shared and contentious domain, gnomic wisdoms from the senior player, great collective understanding. (An appreciative liner-note from fellow trombonist Jeb Bishop is a further plus)."

Recorded live at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, January 2006

Tracks:

1 Booming Ground
2 The Zone
3 Laughing Lizard
4 Schoenberg Swung Am Hardesten