Through the Looking Glass
Jim presents the emotional immediacy of lyricism as a familiar place from which one can explore the unfamiliar. Using well-known tunes as raw material, the compositions create lyrical landscapes which are abstract, yet emotionally accessible. Their improvisatory nature and tonal language share much that is associated with jazz, particularly jazz which is comfortable with all 12 notes of the scale, but the structure, ideas and the development of those ideas is decidedly classical. The rhythmic, modal, non-tonal textures are unexpected, jazzy, impressionistic, sometimes dissonant, always lyrical.