Title - Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind - The Elements
Artist - Madre Vaca
It is January 29th, 2020. JeanCarlo Mendez has just arrived in town to set up for the session. The musicians are hurrying to finish their pieces. Not enough time to rehearse. JeanCarlo yells to just go ahead and start ... and away they go!
Thus, Jazz collective Madre Vaca, for their fourth album Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind - The Elements, has transfigured the ancient and classic concept of the elements into a musical representation.
Each player composed a long-form piece representing one of the elements. The result is four movements, each with varying structure and multiple solo sections.
Each piece an open space for expression and improvisation, and each with character, mood, and temperament befitting the elements. Each piece stands on its own, but together they are a jazz symphony.
1. Fire (Benjamin Shorstein) [14:53]
2. Water (Jarrett Carter) [9:03]
3. Earth (Thomas Milovac) [9:13]
4. Wind (Jonah Pierre) [7:31]
The first movement represents the Fire element, with all its strength and destructive power. Created by Shorstein, the track is a free wheeling musical journey that ebbs and flows to perfection and that is backed by Carters second movement, the creatively constructive elements that make up the forms of Water (such as the gentle rippling of a lake, larger raindrops disturbing a lakes surface, and when the rain turns harder, faster, before turning torrential, how the lake reacts).
Milovac provides the The third movement, Earth, which is symphonically robust, heartily emphatic, and at all times spiritually wonderful. The most cultured and purposely designed of the pieces that is followed by the fourth and final piece, Pierres joyous jazz opus, the adventurous and unapologetically delightful Wind.
Jarrett Carter - Guitar
Thomas Milovac - Bass
Jonah Pierre - Piano
Benjamin Shorstein - Drums
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