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    Paradoxical Frog – “Union” – [Clean Feed]

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    2012 release from this trio, of sax (Ingrid Laubrock),
    piano (Kris Davis) and drums (Tyshawn Sorey) Coming
    from all over (Germany/Canada/New Jersey respectively)
    recorded in NYC , this is their 2nd release. A series
    of generally gentle compositions with spare scattered
    notes, check out the stacatto start on the title track
    that then moves into a sort of drone jazz phase
    (something they do very well, with Sorey’s whispering
    cymbals) The three “Strike” themed pieces work the
    hushing, soft-cycling drones. Meanwhile back to “Union”
    that piece ends up with some of the most fiery work here,
    as Laubrock skronks up and Davis hits the bottom end of her
    piano, before a little high-end trickle finish. High
    trickle is more often employed, with also euro-jazz
    tight-rope precision on the players. Pretty cool that
    Sorey steps away from his drums for a trombone tunnel
    on “Masterisk” (written by Laubrock, each member composed
    at least two pieces here). They are democratic in
    delivery as well as writing. Apparently their namesake
    is larger as a child (tadpole) than as an adult frog,
    and that is clearly in line with their less is more
    approach here.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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