Galper, Hal; Jeff Johnson & John Bishop
Origin, 2007, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Avant Garde
O’s Notes: Rubato is defined as bending and shaping the tempo without robbing it of its own basic pulse. It is improvising at extremes without losing touch. This trio, Halon piano, Jeff on bass and John playing drums pushes hard but maintains a thread of reason in the rhythms. It is free jazz, a mix of new and old but with daring exchanges all the way. They slow the pace on “Zen”, keeping more order in the phrasing. This is more the exception, as the balance of the set is Furious Rubato, regardless of tempo. Among the best is their arrangement of “Naima”.