G. Calvin Weston The Phoenix Orchestra

Dust And Ash

Having toured and recorded with Ornette Coleman and James Blood Ulmer, and more recently with Marc Ribot’s Young Philadelphians, drummer G. Calvin Weston long has occupied a spot at the outer reaches of jazz. A flexible, intuitive player with huge ears and rapid-fire hands, he initially jammed out the material for this set in the studio before composing string parts.

Going from the serene opener, “With Open Wings,” to the pulse-quickening title track—fueled by Weston’s Cobham-esque attack and Elliot Garland’s fuzz bass—will have Mahavishnu Orchestra fans recalling the two-part “Eternity’s Breath.” The funky “Incarnate,” grounded by Weston’s slamming backbeat and Tom Spiker’s slashing rhythm guitar, is augmented by angular string lines, while “Abstraction” offers a brief free-improv with piano, strings and voice, before the ensemble returns to funk on another Mahavishnu-flavored offering, “Dance With Shadows.” The six-minute solo drums showcase “Thunder” gives Weston a chance to stretch and tell a story, while the cooking closer, “Endurance,” finds the bandleader in a frantic race with the strings to the finish line.

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