Broken Shadows has very strong connections, in twos. Saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed have been playing together since 1992; Bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King – two-thirds of the legendary band The Bad Plus – have been playing together for over 35 years.
Named after an Ornette Coleman composition, this all-star project honors the legacy of the music of their idols and mentors Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Julius Hemphill. “Most all of the songs have melodies; infectious and singable. Songs you would want to put in your pocket and take them home. In a time of songs treated as vehicles for improvisation, with this band, the vehicle is the song“, writes Branford Marsalis in the liner notes, celebrating the emotional power and impact of Broken Shadows: “Harmonic data does not create emotion; the ability to change color in one’s sound does. This is something that Broken Shadows understand, be it explicit or implicit. The twelve tracks range from lamentation, or insouciant swagger, to utter joy, and all the colors in between.” ~Editorial Review | Amazon