Alex Ward’s Predicate Same (FMR CD318-0811)
Alex Ward (g, comp),Tim Hill (as, bs), Dominic Lash (b), Mark Sanders (d). Rec. September 2010.
This came out a while back but has just come my way. Imagine jazz-rock never drifted into fusion but continued its progress down the dark, unexplored by-ways of jazz. That’s what you get here. Not without precedent, perhaps. Ray Russell’s Rites and Rituals and Live at the ICA, Last Exit, Metheny and Coleman’s Song X might provide reference points – but no more than that. This is a reminder that music this visceral, this wild and cathartic is still an option. Continue reading