Autumn Wind

On his seventh album, guitarist Scott DuBois employs a particular creative stratagem to carry out a specific program about the seasons: The first song is solo guitar and each new tune adds another musician until there are 12 participating on the 12th song. Three are the members of his quartet (bassist Thomas Morgan, reedman Gebhard Ullmann, and drummer Kresten Osgood) and the other eight make up a string quartet and a woodwind quartet — conducted by DuBois and recorded later as a superimposition onto the jazz mix. The guitarist demonstrates his abilities and range at the very top, “Mid-September Changing Light” opening the disc with a sense of rising suspense and becoming colorful and passionate, the moods ranging from bucolic to near-frenzy. The music that follows is often impressionistic, but on “Mid-October Migration,” the full quartet jazzes up the proceedings. Glorious sawing strings (violin and cello) open “Early November Bird Formations.” The birds are flying, and perhaps colliding, as the playing gets rather feral. The title track is lovely, soft, and atmospheric, contrasting with the exhilarating, multilayered “Early December Blue Sky And Chimney Smoke.” Osgood’s slow march beat and Ullmann’s bass clarinet give “Late November Farm Fields” an epic blues feeling. A gathering of long, sustained tones opens “Autumn Aurora Borealis,” then the music morphs into a fury of drums, warped guitar arpeggios, and tenor-sax searchings. Lovely!

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