Elevated Vegetation //

Album label: 
Release date: 
01/09/2012
Recording location: 
Recorded at Wombat Recording Studios
Recording date: 
Monday, February 20, 2012
Mixing/Master engineer: 
Tim Cramer at Cramersound
Producer: 
Trevor Taylor
Recording engineer: 
Wombat recording co.
  • 1. Blue Willie (05:17)
  • 2. Money Money Money (09:38)
  • 3. The Chirps Of Imaginary Birds (04:50)
  • 4. Crackdown (05:21)
  • 5. Kersey (06:48)
  • 6. Death Wish (06:13)
  • 7. Meta Analyical Procedures For Social Research (04:19)
  • 8. Many Celebrations (04:57)
  • 9. Bali H'ai (06:58)

Max Johnson - bass
Ziv Ravitz - drums
Kirk Knuffke - cornet

First Law: Max Johnson (bass) has the ability to search out the best musicians to suit his current project. Ziv Ravitz (drums), drawing from his Israeli roots, contributes not only a solid and earthy foundation for the others to play over but also provides just enough world music flavor without making it old or tired. Listen to the beginning of "The Chirps of Imaginary Birds" to get a taste of what I mean. Rounding out the trio is Kirk Knuffke (cornet), who not only writes a great track for the album ("Meta Analytical Procedures for Social Research"), but also takes Johnson's melodies and arrangements and transports them from the ground, past the weeds and straight to the fruit on top of all the vegetation. His playing on "Money, Money, Money" is fantastic. Second Law: Johnson constantly displays his ability to maintain all of the rhythmic qualities needed in a trio setting but can switch gears to push the melody. Regardless of what is happening in the track, your ear will find its way back to the bass somehow. On the opening track "Blue Willie", he keeps the time under the cornet yet seamlessly finds a way to either finish, start and interject the melody in unison with Knuffke. Third Law: He is always changing. Very little here sounds the same as his quartet record from earlier this year. I admit, I was expecting the same, but was forced once again to question what it is I like. Now I can't turn it off. Tracks like "Crackdown" and "Many Celebrations" are germinating seeds that get under your skin, just waiting for you to add your own water and sunlight.

Philip Coombs - The Free Jazz Collective