There’s a middle ground, though. The way Tipton and Dimow trade riffs over Porterfield’s brush on the snare in “Late-Late Nite Ferry Blues” is like watching two people have a conversation on the other side of the room, making out what they’re saying just by watching the expression on their faces. Paone’s scat is more classic bop jazz, and to hear Tipton ape it is cool as hell. The ears on this band are wide open.
Best of all, they plan on doing it again this weekend in front of people at Mayo Street Arts, to celebrate the release of this album and to see, yet again, what happens. Pianist Phil James will fill in for Tipton, which will make it all the easier not to have a plan, and to let the songs play themselves.
This is adventurous, fun collaboration that makes for a living, breathing recording, and ought to be a roller-coaster in person.
The Acadia Session | Released by Giuppi Paone, Carl Dimow, Mark Tipton, John Clark, and Hayes Porterfield | at Mayo Street Arts, in Portland | Sept 21 | zonedimusica.com