Best of 2018 #13: Tim Haldeman – “Open Water As a Child”


Tim Haldeman‘s homage to Flint, Michigan was originally a project for the Ann Arbor Jazz Festival, and thankfully he shepherded it into the studio for a proper recording.  It’s one of the more emotionally powerful albums of 2018.  Haldeman’s sextet works from a foundation of introspection, which has its own appeal to be sure, but it’s when the ensemble builds up to a raging intensity that the stunning beauty of this album is truly unleashed.  I like to drive around and listen to music, just as something I enjoy.  Open Water As a Child forced me to pull to a stop on the side of the road repeatedly, just so I could fully interface with music that elicits an awed silence, remaining motionless and in reverence.

Released on Woolgathering Records.

Music from Ann Arbor, MI.

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