Miles Okazaki // Figurations

All art created by Miles Okazaki

I’ve been a fan of Miles Okazaki since the first note of his album Mirror gracefully filled my ear-lobes lifting me to another musical atmosphere. I find that Miles Okazaki’s music – more so than any other contemporary jazz musician – is accepted by almost anyone who hears it no matter their affiliation or taste.  I attribute this to the purity of the concepts and focus on aural pleasure. In this piece, Okazaki and his ensemble embrace the inherent joy of listening to music by taking a melodic structure and spinning a remarkably complex and unpredictable web.  Here is a teaser for his new album Figurations. This album was released May 8, 2012 and is a live recording featuring an ensemble of improvisational masters including saxophonist Miguel Zenon, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Dan Weiss.

In music built heavily on structure — mixed meter, long lines, counterpoint — the trick is to make it flow and sound natural, connected to the body. That’s what this quartet does, and each part of “Figurations” is elegant, precise, dramatic and well played. . . It’s a cerebral but warm record, and each part sounds wholly different from the last. Mr. Okazaki plays here with the saxophonist Miguel Zenón, the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Dan Weiss. They’re equals in the project, inhabiting the music. Watch this band.

Ben Ratliff via – Nytimes

Buy it here


Weekend Show >> Rez Abbasi w// Dave Binney // Dan Weiss // Matt Mitchell //Johannes Weidenmuller

Where // The Rex >> 194 Queen st. w.

When // Friday April 27 // Saturday April 28

Time // 9:45

For over a decade, Rez Abbasi has been blazing a new trail along with cohorts, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, as a leading figure in Indian/Pakastani – American cutting edge jazz. This weekend will feature music from Abbasi’s 2011 album Suno Suno along with new compositions with an elite band of David Binney (alto saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano), Johannes Wiedenmueller (bass), and Dan Weiss drums.

I had a chat with a good friend from Brooklyn the other day and she vehemently suggested that i not miss this. So i shall partake.

Here’s a snippit;

Rez Abbasi’s quartet playing ‘Kismet’ with Sam Barsh (organ) Dan Weiss (drums) Kiran Ahluwalia (vocals). At the Cornelia St Cafe, NYC May 19th 2007.
(a little old i know, but the best sounding recording i came across)