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Redressers, the – “To Each According… ” – [Free Porcupine Society]

Max Level   2/14/2006   CD, Jazz

Local acoustic chamber-jazz quartet features an unusual combination of instruments and an all-star lineup: Devin Hoff plays upright bass superbly and wrote all of the material; his Good For Cows bandmate Ches Smith provides his usual (or unusual?) light-handed drumming; Carla Kihlstedt, evidently able to play the pants off any style of music that crosses her path, is on violin; and Marika Hughes’ cello carves out a nice space between the bass and violin. The all-instrumental compositions are intricate and demanding, yet fun to listen to. In addition to the great musicianship of all concerned, what’s obvious here is that, as a composer, Devin Hoff is a talent to watch. The up and coming Free Porcupine Society label scores again with another interesting, offbeat project.

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