Album Review

CBD Trio “Suspension” [Rastascan]

cujo   12/7/2006   CD, Jazz

Chris Brown (yes, that one) on piano and electronics, Biggi Vinkeloe (yes, the one ‘singing? on last year’s Chaos Butterfly release) on sax and flute, and Donald Robinson (no, I know nothing about him) on drums. These three fill a recent void in KFJC acronymic improvisatory additions, giving you a taste of very uncategorizable sounds. The minute I call it sparse, they explode. The minute I call it ambient, Biggi’s flute grabs my attention. The minute I call it organic, Chris? electronics make me turn down the stereo to make sure it’s not my car making those noises. As a pianist, I appreciate the ease and speed with which Brown moves in and out of the keyboard for his explorations. Of particular note on this release is the 2nd track, which strikes me over and over as an excellent study of the free improvisatory crescendo. This would make a fine, long segue between some cool quiet jazz and some Brotzmannesque blowouts. And this was before I even realized what its title was.

-Cujo, KFJC, December 2006

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