Published Nov 29, 2010Lina Allemano Four Jargon (Lumo)
Usually, to find a band this together, playing free jazz with this depth, resourcefulness and confidence, you'd have to take a trip to New York. Luckily, we've got this formidable foursome in Canada. Trumpeter/composer Lina Allemano has written some strong tunes within an Ornette Coleman orbit. To her credit, her pieces are inspired by that visionary but are anything but derivative. Tunes like "Sling Slang" and "Jargon" give her and altoist Brodie West melodic material to playfully extrapolate and interpolate upon, and drummer Nick Fraser is a standout throughout.