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    Gosfield, Annie – “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions” – [Tzadik]

    From the opening number, where a cello and piano
    rob a bank, while a percussionist waits in the
    getaway car, these four chamber pieces (and
    one oddball) work in tense environments. “Wild
    Pitch” has some icy prepared piano from Andrew
    Russo, and contrasts acceleration with not so
    soothing pauses. Next up “Phantom Shakedown”
    is Ms. Gosfield performing her own work with
    some great renegade electronics, a shortwave
    radio giving an EVP feel. On this and the first
    her use of piano feels angry, low dark striking
    chords. Excellent! Next the title piece brings
    back the strong sawing cello of Felix Fan and
    really great percussion David Cossin from the
    opener. Viola/violins help make the strings
    daring and dizzying, upright bass sneaks in
    a sideways jazz vibe, and apparently there is
    an inside punk quote to an early band of hers
    “Planet Z.” A lot of range on this 24 minute
    number, some sections seem to focus on notes
    descending, and there is an aire of industrial
    collapse. Her pieces often pound like torked
    pistons, this one ends with some slow swoons.
    Next up, the black sheep…club cred maybe?
    Dirty boogie guitar loops a riff a tad too
    long for me, but love the Ches Smith and Alex
    Lipowski interlude… Back to the classical
    blastcaps for the closer, mean machinery made
    out of violin and cello gears. Flute blows
    steam, piano forges fire.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm
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