Album Review

Reverberations From Springs Pt – “Reverberations From Springs Pt ” – [Pax Recordings (Sf)]

Thurston Hunger   1/27/2006   A Library, CD

What is this, the new crime jazz? Improv alley assasin work?
Nope, just four KFJC-friendly folks finding their collective
voice. What’s interesting about this collaboration is that a
lot of the “soloing” is done in the subtler regions, Rent
Romus stars as the one fanned flame, while the other three
are working more atmospherically if not aquatically. Ernesto
Diaz-Infante’s guitar preparations have always been of the
babbling brook, here they deftly flow with the electronic
dialings and dealings of Robert Montoya. Montoya seems to
be pulling up large envelopes of sound that press up against
your ear rather than pierce it off. Similarly, check out how
Marcos Fernandes’ percussion patter rides in and out of the
waves of Ernesto’s guitar on say “Who Created the Canon?”
On that track the smokey trails of Romus’ sax are what you
chase, but deeper listening opens up high-freq precipitation
from Montoya (I think that’s where the canon is invoked?)
Check out Montoya’s opening salvo on “Elation Within…”
glitch-pong sets up a reeling as much as rhythm. Overall
Rent remains a force for me, his restraint as powerful
as his melodic attacks. He doesn’t overuse the twin-reed
run (but it does show up nicely in part 1 of the “Offering”).
He also knows when *not* to blow, and let the sounds of his
bandmates pool up. A solid sender of a release, with nice
strata throughout.

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