Sunday, 22 May 2011

Austin Peralta - endless planets

Young Los Angeles pianist combines modern jazz tradition on her third album. Daniel Spicer 2011-02-24

There is much to say about juvenile energy, but how far can it you get in life? Austin Peralta pianist seems to have a good crack to discover.

20 Years Los Angeles resident (and son of the original legend of skateboarding Stacy) are a former child prodigy who released his first CD, Maiden Voyage (date of the trio with Ron Carter on bass) in 2006 at the age of 15; monitoring, Mantra, followed a few months later (this time above a quintet with bassist Buster Williams veteran). This third album - her first self-produced effort and the first to include all original documents - is published on Brainfeeder, the label run by the musician of portable California Flying Lotus, alias Steven Ellison, grandnephew of John Coltrane himself immortal. Thus, it may wait until it is album coming of age, showing a new maturity, right? Well, Yes and no.

Tunes such as Capricorn and underwater mountain Odyssey are jazz big, noisy, contemporary, acoustic - at heart, Brad Mehldau horns and an injection of rock 'n' roll energy. Drummer Zach Harmon and bassist Hamilton price work a bullish momentum, crash- and even throughout the ballad Ode to love jogging with a restless reader (Note to Harmon: subtlety does not appear to use only brushes). Electronica artist Strangeloop provides discrete concatenation between tracks and the last piece, Epilogue: Renaissance bubbles, is an ambient collaboration largely insignificant with UK trip-hoppers The Cinematic Orchestra and vocalist Heidi Vogel. Yet, despite these nods to modernity, deep down, this is a very old album. Most of the tunes keep about a conventional head-solo-head structure, while Algiers - with an Arabian lilt to his hook low and good taste tablas - even has a somewhat naive stab, the kind of composition jazz "exotic" popularized by the air as Ole Coltrane, the 1960s at the beginning.

But the way most irresistible Interlude - less than two minutes of swinging deeply hard bop that perfectly mixes energy Saracens of Peralta with his respect for the past. Here is hoping that this is a preview of things to come.

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