The winter of 2003 and a New England festival were the setting for a trio in which guitarist Garrison Fewell
meshes with the consistently provocative Charlie Kohlhase
while keeping an eye on the musical meanderings of free jazz icon John Tchicai
. In terms of length the event certainly rates as an epic, sprawling across a pair of CDs that are packed in a trim case all but completely hiding the evocative power within. In fact, with the title of Good Night Songs
and simple calligraphy for cover art work, this looks like a small volume of bedside whimsy. "Floating" takes its time alighting, the guitarist entering for a closing ensemble statement after feathery extended horn rhapsodizing, never out of the mood. Light strumming introduces "The Queen of Ra," one of a pair of compositions by the guitarist on the program. Tchicai
's subsequent "Thriftshopping" is a clever head and a listening lift-off. Several other pieces by Tchicai
are featured in the program as well as Kohlhase
's inclusive "Start to Finish" and tasty "Consolation Cake." A superb feeling runs throughout more than ten minutes devoted to an adaptation of a South American folk song.