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    Kretzmer, Yoni / Drury, Andrew – “Oranges” – [Out Now Recordings]

    Kretzmer, the man behind the Out Now label, is the man
    out front on this release. With a tenor sax blaring
    echoes of Albert Ayler (check the title cut “Oranges”!)
    That’s some high octane stuff, and drummer Drury is
    bowing or scraping or doing some funky junk percussion
    (one of his fortes apparently, he leads workshops in
    the fine art of found pounding). That goes through
    some absolutely harrowing stretches, like a piece
    of music being electrocuted (indeed Drury’s presumably
    organic sounds almost sound like plugged in noise
    at times). But check out how beautifully they close
    that piece, with a softer almost spiritual pining. Wow!
    The pattern for this is release is odd longer numbers
    then short even sketches. Not for the duo to catch their
    breath, they could double disk you in a NY minute, but
    for the listener to pause and process. Okay, maybe also
    for Drury to play with some of his toys and objects.
    Chittering, whistling and bowed notes (percussion is
    the wrong word) that almost blur with the high end tweet
    and scree from Yoni. Of the longer piece, “Akushkash”
    starts sputtery and gets cycling while “Evocations” hovers
    off the ground for about 5 minutes before moving off the
    rolling toms and into more fiery sax arpeggios. And
    again, “Oranges” are sweet and in season. A well connecting
    duo on display here.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 20, 2015 at 10:47 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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