Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet - Stellar Pulsations (Delmark, 2012)

Cornetist and composer Rob Mazurek has an exciting way of exploring space and time with his ensembles whether through the bubbling electronic improvisation of the Sao Paulo Underground and the Exploding Star Orchestra or the diversity of his projects as a leader. On this new group, subtitled the Pulsar Quartet, he is performing with Angelica Sanchez on piano, Matthew Lux on bass guitar and John Herndon on drums. There's an interesting mix to the all original setlist on this album, the sounds developed move in a variety of directions, from uptempo improvisations that move briskly with throbbing electric bass and percussive piano providing the momentum, to the ballads which recall the rich beauty of Miles Davis's slow and sparse music from the 1950's. Here everything is hushed and slow, Mazurek's tone is open and emotional, bordering on romantic at times. It is interesting to hear a musician that can go so far out at times, to turn inward for meditations on lonely introspection, and it demonstrates the wide ranging nature of his musical talent. Stellar Pulsations -

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