Friday, January 22, 2010

Dave Rempis and Frank Roasly - Cyrillic (482 Music, 2010)

I really enjoyed this nice freely improvised duet performance with Dave Rempis on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones and Frank Rosaly on drums. There is a lot of free space for the two musicians to explore and they make the most of it. The first two tracks are very exciting, "Antiphony" and "Tainos" are fast paced with a lightning quick improvisational dialogue. "How to Cross When Bridges Are Out" is the highlight and centerpiece of the album, building to a ferocious conclusion after a lengthy and tempestuous build up. When the release finally comes, it is in a supernova like release of energy that is breathtaking to listen to. They also explore a couple of abstract pieces as well, "Thief of Sleep" and "Still Will" explore deep sonic textures in a very patient and reserved manner. 482 Music is rapidly becoming one of me favorite labels, as they keep putting out very exciting and innovative music. Cyrillic -