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    Lama – “Oneiros” – [Clean Feed]

    One of my favorites of a purchase from the fantastic Clean Feed
    label that got lost in the KFJC shuffle for a spell.(Yes, still
    hoping the Cleaners will Feed us future promo.) This is a killer
    release. A three piece led by Susana Santos Silva, her use of
    electronics in addition to her trumpet work is just about pitch
    perfect. Somewhat reminscent of the Chicago Underground work of
    Mazurek/Taylor+, Lama add perfect amounts of digital spice and
    analog grit to their pieces. Double bassist Goncalo Almeida also
    brings some circuit bending to the mix, and I can really see a
    lot of the eclectic electronic DJ’s using these pieces to mix
    things up. “Alguidar” starts off with crackle and glitch, like
    old vinyl or new Raster Norton. Pieces like “Overture for
    Penguins” start out dark, but work through to effervescence.
    Silva darting in high, but then get low and wild like a
    digeridoo as Almeida rebuilds the cycle of a bassline.
    “Tarantino” is a dark sort of FSOL flavored ambient jazztronic
    landscape. Greg Smith is the percussionist here, he can be a
    cool rider on the cymbals and hi-hat, as on “Dr. No” which has
    some mighty mute from Silva. On the title track, Smith pretty
    much melodically rolls the piece all the way through, with
    perfect bass sync from Almeida and Silva arcs a melody atop it
    all. Very minimal electronics on that, but perfectly placed.
    Like Toshinori Kondo’s work, there’s a spark to this that’s
    going to light up a lot of ears. Do not miss.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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