Boomkat Product Review:
Rattling free jazz skronk from long-serving avant jazz bass legend Henry Grimes, who teams up here with clarinet player Perry Robinson and drummer Tom Price.
'The Call' is a phenomenal undersung oddity from the ESP catalog - it's free jazz, but far from the balls-to-the-wall squeal marathon you might expect from that description. Grimes was an in-demand bassist who had performed with a laundry list of greats: Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor and Sonny Rollins to name only a few. But here he proves he could hold it down as a bandleader, commanding a unity with his trio that excels in the quieter, more subtle moments.
It's free jazz, but cool, calm and measured. Grimes allows Robinson's clarinet to weave and wind with alluring sensitivity rather than express merely upper-register skree. And with Price, Grimes finds a perfect rhythm, sizzling through a set of extended workouts that offer an alternative picture of a complex era.