December 6, 2020
Omri Ziegele Tomorrow Trio
All Those Yesterdays
Intakt CD 333
Freer than most of his recondite projects, All Those Yesterdays finds Zurich-based Omri Ziegele involved in a straight-ahead blowing session with bass and drums. The Israeli-Swiss alto saxophonist, who also plays with the likes of Irène Schweizer and Yves Theiler, trades sonic magnification for interpretations of six of his compositions. His associates couldn’t be bettered. Dutch drummer Han Bennink has worked with generations of improvisers from Peter Brötzmann to Joachim Badenhorst, while Swiss bassist Christian Weber, in bands with Ellery Eskelin and others, is the revelation of the set, as integral to the performance as the better known Bennink.
Besides accelerating to a steady pulse, Weber confidently matches the barbed Boppy split tones of Ziegele’s saxophone and the resounding splats and shambles of Bennink’s boisterous percussion. He subtly shifts from a walking bass line to unfurling string twangs on “When the River Spoke” that match sopranissimo screeches and expressive tongue flutters from the saxophonist. On “Donders Wonders”, he blends stentorian plucks and negotiated interjections with guitar-like facility creating a spiccato countermelody to heavy drum pummeling and speaking-in-tongues reed squawks. The finale climaxes with vibrations moving down the scale.
Bennink’s exuberance is always evident whether pushing almost ceaseless rumbles or verbally shouting encouragement. Ziegele’s compositions shine with a luster of familiarity, as if they’re contrafacts or reference earlier Jazz classics. At the same time his biting contemporary take on Jackie McLean like expositions including altissimo double tonguing fits these tunes perfectly. The extended “O. My God”, for instance, saluting Ornette Coleman via a W.B. Yeats poem is his and the trio’s most characteristic performance. As Weber’s supple strumming turns swiftly to angled arco scrubs and the drummer’s pops to bomb dropping, Ziegele’s vibrating peeps become vocalized multiphonics, than give way to recitation of the poem and while connecting hip-hop and Spiritual Jazz finally end as a profound FreeBop creation.
With accomplished associates following with aplomb, Ziegele’s playing of straight-ahead lines in an authentic fashion turns out to be one of his strengths.
Track Listing: 1. Line for a Friend of Mine 2. O. My God – dedicated to Ornette Coleman (including poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W. B. Yeats) 3. All Those Yesterdays 4. Donders Wonders 5. Saw That Smile 6. When the River Spoke
Personnel: Omri Ziegele (alto saxophone and voice); Christian Weber (bass) and Han Bennink (drums)