Biophilia, 2020CD
Instrument: Female Vocals

Issue: 26.2

Jazz Ruler Type: Avant Garde
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score: 77
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Tropos is an Avant Garde band that evolved at the New England Conservatory under the direction of Joe Morris. Vocalist Laila Smith mimics the free improved alto saxophonist Raif Sengupta on “Fronk”, the opening selection that sets the stage for the free jazz to come. Mario Layne Fabrizio (d, perc), Zachary Lavigne (b) and Philip Golub (p) round out the band. They are inspired by free jazz artists of the 1970s including Anthony Braxton for whom this work is dedicated in honor of his 75th birthday! The synchronized melodies suggest some level of preparation to this free jazz that contains a lot more structure than the random chaos of many improvisational, free jazz jam sessions.


Publicist: Fully Altered Media