Denman Maroney Quartet – “Gaga ” – [Nuscope Recordings]
Jazz: As the stellar liner notes describe, Denman Maroney???s music is complex yet listenable. The conversations among the quartet???s instruments–Maroney???s piano and hyperpiano; Ned Rothenberg???s alto saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet; Reuben Radding???s double-bass and bass guitar; and Michael Sarin???s drums and percussion–take on blues form (1, 6, 7) in addition to jaunty and staccato avant-garde moods (5, 2, 3, 4). The result is a stand-up listening experience.
PGM: Endings as early as :10 on 5, 6, 7, and 8. Track 8 quiets way down near 1:00 for a subdued outro.