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    Brains – “Unloaded” – [Edgetone Records]


    Striking while the tenoris hot. Second release
    this year from powerhouse duo. Hell, the sax
    player has a name that sounds like it should be
    a musical term, Drew “Ceccato” starts this 3-cut
    release chirping like a eurobird, drummer Chris
    Golinski summons/bends some haunted tom-tom
    spirits. Foreboding, sparse but growing with
    some subtle heat until about 10 minutes, when
    Ceccato re-emerges with throaty flurries, slowly
    closing the space between runs till he’s sped up
    to work some hand-jive tag with the accelerating
    drums till 15:30 when the bird returns. Feels like
    a Noh play in the air. “Dirt” up next droney doom
    vibe to start, cymbals open up an oasis guide the
    sax up to a peak for some jumpy, not-bop bop.
    Golinski breaks it up with a drum extension before
    Ceccato circular breathes dervish around maracas.
    A sad but strong climax then gives way to bird
    chirps. “Gnash” offers reverbed angles and then
    drums bounce off walls. Half-way through Ceccato
    gets slithery, like a shenai. A fiery finish to
    a quick 1-2 drop and out! The more I listen to
    this album, I really dig Golinski’s work, often he
    takes over to help move the piece through a
    transformation, giving Ceccato time for a sonic
    wardrobe change, and they also play great together.
    Not to be missed!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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