Scott Colley-architect of the silent moment

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Jazz lore generally accepts that the “real” music happens in front of an audience, whether in an opulent concert hall or a small club. No doubt, there’s a measure of truth to this maxim. Musicians, critics, and fans often note the electrifying performances they’ve seen or played in. But this deeply rooted live-is-authentic orientation ignores the undeniable fact that recordings, not live gigs, have long provided the primary means of experiencing jazz (and virtually all other musics) for the vast majority of listeners throughout the globe. And over the course of the past eight decades, recordings have also served to build multi-generational, multi-ethnic communities of jazz musicians and audiences. Think of it: without our various discs, tapes, and MP3 files we could never even conceive of a “jazz tradition” that includes such historically, culturally, and geographically separated figures as, say, Django Reinhardt, Ahmad Jamal, and John Zorn.
Of course, while every jazz recording reveals connections to “the tradition” in one way or another (how else could we hear a particular record as “jazz” if not in comparison with earlier examples of music called jazz?), not every recording engages with the past in the same way. There’s no need to rehash in this space the debates surrounding the “neoclassical” wave that swept the jazz establishment in the 1980s and ‘90s. Suffice it to say that in recent years a number of performers and composers from a wide range of age groups, ethnicities, and nationalities have emerged who draw freely on jazz’s rich past without restating it verbatim. Among the leading lights of this new cohort are Scott Colley and the players he has assembled on Architect of the Silent Moment. From the opening track of this disc, it’s clear that each of these musicians has completely internalized the last half-century of jazz practices and aesthetics. Listen, for example, to the group’s free interplay on “Feign Tonal,” the chromatically inflected linearity in the solos on “Strip Mall Ballet” and “Masoosong,” or the venerable jazz custom of “trading” that occurs between keyboardists Craig Taborn and Jason Moran on “Smoke Stack.” At the same time, Colley’s distinctive blending of electric and acoustic instruments, unusual forms and meters, and novel grooves clearly marks Architect as a product of the new millennium, as do the performers’ extraordinary rhythmic and melodic acuity in dealing with this challenging material.
Just as important as this music’s ability to reveal the “present-ness” of the past (or is it the “past-ness” of the present?), is its determined commitment to the future. In many ways, Architect represents an act of faith on the part of its musicians, studio engineers, and record company personnel. The creative individuals who have come together to render this music in a permanent way, trust that jazz’s on-going engagement with ideas, sounds, and identities from many eras and places can and will continue. Given today’s precarious – some might say insane – global situation, where End Timers breathlessly await The Apocalypse while political “leaders” of all stripes recklessly and arrogantly invite the calamity of war, one should not take these musicians’ life-affirming gestures toward posterity for granted. Architect of the Silent Moment stands as an act of defiance both to those who would simply repeat the past and those who would throw it away entirely. Ultimately, it’s a model for all who will hear (whenever/wherever) the sort of world possible to us in the future when skillful, imaginative, and purposeful people, listen to one another and act with a measure of decency, generosity, and wit.
David Ake
Author of Jazz Cultures
Usual Illusion
Strip Mall Ballet
El Otro
architect of the silent momentListen!
MasoosongListen!
Feign Tonal
From Within
Smoke Stack
Window of Time

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SCOTT COLLEY (b)
RALPH ALESSI (t)
CRAIG TABORN (p-fr-b3)
ANTONIO SANCHEZ (d)
DAVE BINNEY (sax)
JASON MORAN (p)
GREGOIRE MARET (hca)
ADAM ROGERS (eg)
Produced by: David Binney and Scott Colley
Executive Producer: Ermanno Basso

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