Since poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow claimed that “music is the universal language of all mankind” in the early 19th century, the phrase has struck a chord with musicians and audiences. For tenor saxophonist Trish Clowes, it’s a utopian idea, a synonym for the act of improvisation itself.
For her fifth album, Ninety Degrees Gravity, Clowes takes this idea as her inspiration, prompted by Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film Arrival, which centers around human-alien communication. This all might sound too involved for a seven-track quartet record, but the result is satisfyingly restrained and engaging.
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[This piece was published in the July 2019 Issue]