Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver Make Free Jazz Modern on 'Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1'

Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver Make Free Jazz Modern on 'Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1'
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In addition to collaborating with El-P, Thurston Moore and Yo La Tengo, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter is mostly known for his works with avant-jazz pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker. Following up their celebrated 2018 release Seraphic Light, the trio have added Detroit drummer Gerald Cleaver to release the live-recorded Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1. As you'd expect from Shipp and Parker, much of this three-track, 38-minute improv record comes off exceedingly modern, playing off the second generation of free jazz, while adding the attitude of no wave and structures of post-rock.

On the exterior, much of Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 sounds somewhat tame as the first two tracks, "Majestic Travel Agency" and "Scintillate," come off as if the quartet are warming up for the album's 20-minute finale, save for Cleaver's beautifully racketed drum sound. Luckily "Ear-regularities" pulls the LP together with Carter moving between flute, saxophone and trumpet while Shipp lays down cool cacophonous keys reminiscent of late-career Cecil Taylor.

The addition of "Vol. 1" to the album's title gives listeners a glimmer of hope that Carter, Shipp, Parker and Cleaver can transform this collaboration into something even more "out there." (577)