BlueStem Jazz featuring Kimmel / Ali / Harris at Audio For The Arts
Posted by Brown Paper Tickets on March 23, 2022
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Clarinetist Jeff Kimmel, percussionist Bill Harris, and guitarist and cellist Ishmael Ali had only just started improvising as a trio when they played the session that produced the 2020 album A Pound of Salt (577). Harris and Ali had often worked together, but they were both attracted by Kimmels clarinet playing. At the same time, all three of them had become interested in complementing their work with electronics in a new project. Listening back to that recording from November of 2019 I can hear three players testing the waters within a new context and new tools. The musicians clearly had a rapport, rapidly finding disparate points of connection as they created pieces marked by a clear linear thrust. But the process felt more important than any sort of destination....