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    H-Alpha – “Red Sphere” – [Skirl]


    Hyperspace sax exploration, Briggan Krauss is in his
    own solo rocket, but in constant communication with
    Ikue Mori (manning a bank of synths for hailing
    frequencies) while Jim Black teleports to repair
    the shell of the rocket’s exterior. Metallic
    patch and heat shield snare strikes from the always
    great Black. Early on in the mission, Krauss bounces
    from the speed of a solar flare on one track to a more
    galactic drifty number on the next, and back. Those
    more subtle numbers allow the listener to really
    touch base with Mori whose communication while non
    carbon-based is plenty captivating. Things really
    lock into place on “Lalande 21185” where Black actually
    takes the pioneering lead and Krauss gets an overtone
    drone pulsating (kinda like an old Ellery Eskelin
    number where Black floated to the surface). Every
    listen I always get stuck on “Ez Aquarii” at the
    hovering edge of a singularity it seems. I can
    see free jazzheads warming themselves on Krauss’
    jets, but a lot of DJ’s will tap into the spacier
    moments, tethered to earth via an ambient link.
    Another excellent planet in the Skirl galaxy!

    -Thurston Hunger

    Haiku review:

    Supernova sax
    Ikue Mori as Spock
    Briggan Krauss Warp Ten

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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