- MNMP Records, 2007
What’s immediately striking about Nash’s work is how huge it sounds. Here the MNMP is merely a septet, but the leader’s classical-meets-jazz vision somehow yields a massive, inversely proportioned sound, one that recalls the much larger modern big bands of Gil Evans and Don Ellis. On “Night Flight,” Nash’s trademark widescreen flair comes through loud and clear via Grisha Alexiev’s cavernous drums and the high-drama section work of trumpeter Shane Endsley and reedsmen Tim Reis and Bruce Williamson. Darker drama ensues on “Strange Rife” thanks to Anderson’s low-down, slinky lines and the strangled screams of Juris and the brass.
Nash passed away in 2005, but with the music here he leaves one of jazz’s most riveting legacies. An epitaph writ large, as it were.
The Manhattan New Music Project will perform at Iridium in Manhattan on October 17. www.mnmp.org.