Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rashied Ali & Leroy Jenkins - Swift are the Winds of Life

Swift are the Winds of Life

The violin isn't a instrument that seems to be the main focus of a free improv duo, much less solo records [Jenkins Solo Concert LP is mind boggling beautiful]. It does seem to exist purely almost as support to the larger context or as secondary instrument for sax masters to dick around with [I'm looking at you Coleman].

I'm saying this totally without hyperbole, but I honestly feel that this duo easily surpasses the Lowe/Ali Duo and is equal to Interstellar Space. It's high praise, but every single bit of it is fucking earned. I can't think of any of their contemporaries who even came close to their mastery of their instruments. Listening to this record is proof of that.