School Of Fantastic Art And Music

Although there are some similarities between Ayler and Lewis, I’m pleased to say that I discover the younger saxist’s playing more musically coherent. He has, to my ears, a better sense of musical structure and line, and although he does play “outside” fairly a bit, it makes more sense. The different musicians in his quintet are additionally exceptional musicians, notably cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and his is considered one of the very few jazz groups to incorporate a cello for the rationale that days of Arthur Blythe . If anything, the Red Lily Quintet’s music sounds extra influenced by Ornette Coleman’s small groups than by Ayler’s, and that’s nice by me.

On this CD, however, he sticks pretty much to jazz, and particularly big-band jazz which is one of my favourite forms of it. Sanford’s use of harmony is refined but rhythm is clearly the main focus in his music, and …