Martin Blume / Jeremy Drake / Tucker Dulin / Wolfgang Fuchs / Chris Heenan / Anne Lebaron / Torsten Muller / Philipp Wachsmann - "Mount Washington", Reify
www.reifyrecordings.com

To call this octet a super-group of sorts would really be an understatement. Each of the individuals on "Mount Washington" has a history that is steeped deep in the world of new or improv music. The beauty about this recording is the understatements: its hushed tones and the overt lack of solos. The overall quiet and calm is stupefying. For those that love the climates favoured by Random Acoustics label - Spellings, Axon, Lines, Polwechsel - this is your lucky day. I love the way Martin Blume's percussion work is thinly layered: the barely audible cymbal work is especially stunning. There is very little audible rhythm here, and certainly no clearly visible beat structure emerges over the hour long discourse. To make up for this, the record makes great use of various string players guitarist Jeremy Drake, harpist Anne LeBaron, bassist Torsten Muller, and violinist Philipp Wachsmann. The duo passages of Wachsmann and LeBaron mark a high point on the record, as do Chris Heenan's understates bass clarinet work. Wolfgang Fuchs shines as his lush clarinet tones are in full swing. The music moves at a medium pace, never taking off to full speed, but never for a minute stalling in neutral. There are enough thrilling ideas here to keep our ears pinned to the speakers. It was really lucky for new music fans that this confluence of eight very different minds had the chance to get together one April morning in 2003.

Tom Sekowski


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