Ava Mendoza plays these songs. She makes them sing. Her technique is impeccable, but her playing is astonishingly expressive. She doesn't just bend blue notes; she wads them up into a ball and throws them up against a wall. She manipulates raw lightning, giving us a sound that is fluorescent and powerful enough to leave a trace of ozone in the air. Mendoza knows what she does better than almost anyone else on the planet, which is tell stories with her guitar.
After being introduced to William Parker's work through the monumental "Migration of Silence" release, I was really excited to hear more, and I'm pleased to report that his latest offering "Mayan Space Station" continues to impress and inspire.
Parker plays with a lush and vibrant style that fully engages his audience, offering great moments of excitement and energy, along with some unexpected and inspired musical turns.
Incredible work from an artist who has fast become a personal favorite! rikm
So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.