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    Moe!Kestra! “Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations” [Dephine Knormal]

    You shoulda seen justa what eye heard. Twins here share the
    same genetic material, a loose blueprint more than a score,
    but diverge wildly. The idea of 30 odd improvisers in a
    blender may scare some away, but Moe Staiano is remarkably
    up to the match. Indeed, more remarkable is his manic energy
    when leading these conductions. “Piece No. 5” has the same
    exhilaration of a run-away train, it relies on percussion
    especially snare-kept-a-rollin’ rhythmns. Which is not to
    say that there aren’t Dreyblattic string charges, very nice
    theremin freak-outs, those bouncy Korean style gongs and a
    funny coda at the start of #6, kinda like falling down
    circular stairs. I’m partial to “Piece No. 4” thanks to its
    KFJC connection and I think a more vibrant recording by our
    own Akeem. Additionally, while percussion furnaces are
    churning, the horns are more out front, we get some searing
    Jesse Quattro exhortations, even Looney piano can be heard
    through the din along with barbed cello and the return of
    the theremin though in more of a Hitchcock mood. Yeah, there
    are moments when the center cannot hold, but those might be
    your favorites moments. Moehem!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 18, 2004 at 4:32 pm
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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