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    Goodman, Greg/ Gruntfest, John – “In This Land All The Birds Wore Hats & Spurs” – [Beak Doctor, The]

    Time travel on two sides, improv pairing split on
    side A’s mid 1980’s vs side B’s 2008. Side A launches
    with “Pure Mind” feeling like that flavor of raga jazz,
    a few laps of alap, the Goodman’s piano circular and
    Gruntfest’s sax centered within. The next piece “Great
    Bird” almost rolls into Terry Riley territory. Still a
    flowing, rolling, bubbling composition.

    Flip the disk and 2008 flies in the window, Gruntfest
    wings some phrases, and woodpecker sputter on the
    reed. Goodman a few bars of simple chords, then dives
    into the prepared piano pluckage and plumage. Act I
    is a lot of peck and pluck. Moving into Act II some
    of the waves of piano from the 80’s turn up and churn
    up darker waters. Free jazz takes flight, screech and
    scronk sax and eventually some furious bass clef work
    by Goodman. Act II closes with zithery work under the
    hood. If Act II was a battle, and at times it felt like
    it, here Gruntfest and Goodman find common ground, it’s
    not the soothing flow found in the flip side of their
    youth. Side A had them united in the song itself, here
    the song serves to unite their own unique talents,
    so you get more sparks and fire, as opposed to the
    cool ripples from their earlier work.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 21, 2018 at 12:56 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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