Mark Feldman: What Exit
Mark Feldman John Taylor, Anders Jormin, Tom Rainey
Following three albums with John Abercrombie - "Open Land," "Cat 'n' Mouse" and "Class Trip" - and the trio recording "Abaton" with Sylvie Courvoisier and Erik Friedlander, this is the first ECM leader date for violinist Mark Feldman. Feldman has established himself as one of jazz's finest string players, but "What Exit" often leaves jazz behind as the pieces - eight Feldman originals - create a climate more associated with contemporary composition. At the same time, interaction is paramount in this music, and soloistic skills are as important as ensemble awareness Five years ago, in an interview with Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe, Feldman described his goal as "integration without being a frivolous 'crossover' thing - the true organic integration of classical and modern jazz." "What Exit" takes great strides toward realizing that goal, itself the logical outcome of Feldman's idiosyncratic journey through genres over the past thirty years.