Album Review

Auris + Robair, Gino – “Rub” – [Public Eyesore]

Thurston Hunger   1/31/2014   CD, Jazz

Gino Robair dates a trio? Robair, man-about-Oak-town and
Rastascan raconteur hooks up with the Auris trio in Chicago
on 10/20/2010. Numbers are exchanged, wires are crossed (all
four contribute “electronics” to the encounter) and music
is made. Scratch orchestrations, twitching improvisations
and eerie elongations (#4 being a fave of that form). You
could call this type of electroacoustic work : Buzz, bow
and beyond! I tended to prefer the menage a quatre action,
where there is more for the ear to watch. But Gino also
spends one track with each Auris player. #5’s duet with
Christopher Preissing on flute and hiccup moans was fun
in a Japanese avant Jethro Tull way with some shakuachi
style moves too. Robair is no stranger to KFJC’s shelves
and circles, he remains a splatter percussionist: dotting,
darting and dredging up objects to plunk. The lead-off
track shows him briefly at his most driving and rhythmic
…for a few bars. With guitarist Julia Miller, he might
be ebowing a drum, and/or shoehorning an object into tight
place on #3. I liked her twang-bar queen action on the
lead-off 4-way. Eric Leonardson plays his own creation,
the springboard, on his duet with Gino (#2) sounds like
a tiny airplane trying to fly high with the jets at the
start. Listen to that beauty and check out
Always cool to see where the weird flows from…

-Thurston Hunger

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