Thursday, September 06, 2012

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord - No New Tunes (Hot Cup, 2012)

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord are a very exciting modern jazz unit, playing big strapping improvisations, with the music expanding and combing styles and sensibilities. Lundbom plays guitar along with Jon Irabagon on alto and soprano saxophones, Bryan Murray on tenor and balto (?) saxophones, Moppa Elliott on bass and Dan Monaghan on drums. "The Bad! Thing" opens the album quickly with wild saxophones and drums battling for space with crunchy electric guitar. "Talent for Surrender" has a slow, slinky grind allowing snarling guitar to spark a dynamic ebbing and flowing of intensity. Monaghan's drumming builds inexorably stronger before the saxophones come flying in for a powerful conclusion. "The Other Third One" is the centerpiece of the album with huge drums and squalls of raw saxophone and throbbing bass. There's a strong barking guitar solo in a gutsy fusion mode, recalling the scalding grace of Pete Cosey and Sonny Sharrock. Mighty growling saxophones spitting out gigantic riffs ushers in "Follow the Swallow" Lundbom glides in and out with fragments of guitar over vigorous drumming. The band comes out swinging hard on the concluding track, "Of Being Done To," with a potent alto saxophone sounding tart and vital. Everybody really puts the hammer down with pulsating bass, drums and guitar that rises and falls on the thermals of rhythm. This album worked really well, with each member of the group working intuitively with each other and as an organic whole. They develop an interesting aesthetic concept that allows them to interact in a complimentary fashion. No New Tunes - jonlundbom.com

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