Musings on Movies, Music, and Television (dedicated to Steven H. Scheuer and John N. Goudas)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Propensity (2009), by Danny Thompson, Allan Holdsworth, and John Stevens
say good things come to those who wait. In this case, with the album
produced in 1978, mixed in 1997, and made commercially available in
2009, the total wait was 31 years from recording to release.
the wait worth it? Even if you’re an Allan Holdsworth fan, it’s a
the performances and recording quality are top-notch and superb. The
musicians (Danny Thompson on bass, Allan Holdsworth on acoustic
12-string guitar and electric guitar, and John Stevens on drums) are
at the top of their game, and the album sounds like it was recorded
it’s a challenging listen. This is really out-there, pure
improvisational jazz, almost like stream of consciousness on the part
of the players. There are no concise compositions or structures or
hooks or riffs, but rather quite a bit of dissonance and atonality.
sonic art, it soars. The work required to engage with it is its own