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Momentum Space


  • 1. Nine
    2. Bekei
    3. Spoonin'
    4. Life as...
    5. It
    6. Is
    7. Dew
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 559944

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Snyder
    EngineerJay Newland

    /Cecil Taylor/Elvin Jones.
    Personnel: Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone); Cecil Taylor (piano); Elvin Jones (drums).
    Recorded at Avatar Recording Studio, New York, New York on August 4 & 5, 1998. Includes liner notes by Cecil Taylor, Dewey Redman and Philippe Carles.
    Recording information: Avatar Recording Studio, New York, NY (08/04/1998/08/05/1998).
    Few names conjure the ideal of sonic adventurousness as distinctly as those of Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, and Elvin Jones. With MOMENTUM SPACE, this explosive triumvirate comes together to present an uncommonly challenging and intriguing recording. At every turn, Redman's expressive wails, Taylor's dynamic explorations, and Jones' bombastic thunder seem to challenge the very laws of nature. Indeed, what we hear are three musical forces converging as one, pushing, pulling, blasting, and pounding their way into uncharted territory.
    The opening "Nine," an eleven-minute wall of sound that proceeds to shake the foundations of all you hold dear, should be enough to clear away any preconceptions. "Bekei," Jones' staggering solo piece, is an inspiring percussive statement that only a master of his magnitude could proclaim. The Redman/Jones duet "Spoonin" blasts us with the spirit of Coltrane before Taylor leads us on a solo journey of the imagination with "Life As." "It" and the epic "Is" are much too complex to explain with words, but the bizarre sounds that Redman produces on the brief "Dew" can be described with but one: unforgettable.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (6/99, p.60) - "...[Redman] sounds in glowing form here...[Taylor] socks it to you...The care and power of [Jones'] playing vanquishes any hint of kitsch....never less than fascinating."
    CMJ (5/10/99, p.33) - "...Pianist Cecil Taylor...is in fine form throughout, working in a trio format that best suits his apocalyptic style. Drummer Elvin Jones...is at home in rough waters like these...post-bop saxophonist Dewey Redman...[prods] the other two....excellent jazz....truly "in the moment."
    Down Beat (8/00, p.27) - Ranked #10 Jazz Album in Downbeat "Critics Poll 2000"
    JazzTimes (8/99, pp.97-8) - "...an all-star summit meeting of musicians who have played critical roles in past jazz legacies....Between the contributions and conversations of the three, music of a volatile beauty is constructed and destroyed, moment by moment. It swings, madly, on its own terms."
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