Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop
(2017, RareNoise Records)
“Iggy Pop in Chronogram’s locals-only music review section?” you ask. “Did the Stooges wild man get all downhome-Dylan and snag a Woodstock cabin?” Nope, still making the scene in Miami, where he’s been for many years. “But what’s the godfather of punk doing on a record with three of the Hudson Valley’s top jazz-identified cats?” you counter. The concept may be unimaginable to some, but serious fans will know that Pop’s cited the musical freedom of Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, and other jazz icons as early Stooges influences.
Instrumentally, it’s Coltrane’s spirit that imbues Loneliness Road, which has the Ig joined by pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Bobby Previte for three of its dozen tracks. The moody, modal opener, “Ten Nights,” builds off the classic Coltrane Quartet’s “My Favorite Things,” sustaining the sweet, sparse sadness from there. Beautiful stuff—with Iggy’s deep crooning as the occasional icing. Rarenoiserecords.com.