Jason Seizer -||- Time Being – [Pirouet Records, 2008]
He’s a quiet one. Someone who doesn’t make much to do about nothing. Someone who would rather let his beautiful, subtly placed tone do the talking. Displaying his musical muscles and partaking in verbose self-aggrandizement is not his style. What Jason Seizer has to say he says through his music, and what he cherishes most in this music is a highly polished economy; he walks away from musical directions that are heading towards excess. These virtues are also imprinted on “Time Being”. With his new CD, the Pirouet label’s artistic director hands out his latest personal musical calling card. What you will find on it, (along with original compositions with terse one or two word titles) is music that concerns itself with substance and finely-sculpted tonal textures that will make you sit up and listen, and want to listen to again.
Once again Seizer is working with pianist Marc Copland – the consummate partner for this subtle world of sound. Copland’s impressionistic style, iridescent harmonics, unique sense of melancholy, and connection with both the unwieldy and the wide-open – all of this perfectly compliments Seizer’s saxophone playing. Seizer is the master of the lean, sharply contoured tone – a sound that is nevertheless elastic and colourfully textured. It is a sound that can show up in many shades and moods: at one moment bright and glass-clear, in the next vulnerable and veiled, then once again quietly insistent. It’s no wonder that Marc Copland has observed that “you have to look for a long time before you will find a tone like Seizer’s”. You seldom find this mixture of introspection and strong presence – a combination that is intrinsic to Seizer’s style. Seizer’s sound never screams – it stands as a foundation to his music, and with such a base, a musician has a myriad of possibilities. And what a large palette of textures Seizer has, especially in interplay with Copland. A good example is in the last minutes of the title piece when a four-tone motif is continually taken up and reworked. It shows how exciting the spiraling re-invention of the seemingly same can be.
..:: Source: Pirouet Records ::..