Saxophonist Belzer is a monster on the reeds delivering spicy solos on the alto and soprano sax, the clarinets and alto flute throughout.
Matt Belzer is a standout on reeds and is ably abetted by Ned Judy, keyboards, and Larry Melton bass. The selections portray a true mosaic of styles that blends bop, electric jazz, Afro-Cuban and avant-garde.
A first rate jazz outing that walks a line between grooves and freedom. Beautiful!
Connections is one of the best Independent jazz presentations I have heard in years.
The best sax-drums duet record I’ve ever heard. Okay, I’ve only heard two, but the other one was by John Coltrane, so it’s no faint praise to say this one’s better.
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Don Ellis and Dave Brubeck were among the first in jazz to explore improvising in odd-time signatures. The music sometimes sounded like counting was carefully and mechanically done, so players wouldn’t lose their place. Now, more and more players feel comfortable, and perform naturally. Belzer is one of those.