Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn’s Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity), released earlier this week, continues to earn positive reviews.
The All Music Guide‘s Thom Jurek writes, “Free jazz and free improv do mainly hail from—and thrive in—urban centers, but seldom have they felt this organic in the last decade or so. The title and the acoustic instrumentation—as well as the snapshots of various plants and flowers on the cover—all hint at the teeming life to be found inside this music that was recorded in performance at The Stone on June 19, 2008. It gives up its secrets slowly, but the gems hidden in this sonic earth are plentiful, poetic, and remarkable.”
On his popular blog, Free Jazz, Belgian reviewer Stef Gijssels adds, “Sometimes you don’t need to listen long to an album to notice its value. And this one surely redefines the piano trio as it is known. The wealth of the music is not only generated from the interesting soundscapes they create, but also from the use of their instruments, which is broad and creative without being too experimental…three musicians reacting fast to one another, needing only a hint to move the piece on in the same coherent direction, like leaves sprouting in fast forward from growing plants. Don’t miss it.”