Album Review

Chiesa, David – “Phonemes” – [Creative Sources Recording]

Rarus Avis   7/1/2009   A Library, CD

David Chiesa (double bass), who started as a rock bassist and migrated to improvised music issues forth a deep seated introspection on the reduction of his instrument to its most primitive sounds mixing large swaths of silence (or, almost silence) with frenetic bursts. There are two experimental solo performances on this release (from 2005). Chiesa deeply explores as much of his instrument as any single human can explore and understand in depth anything so personal as just him and the wood and cat-gut he wraps his arms around. This disk leaves this listener feeling on one hand satisfied, and on the other, questioning their own breathing.

~~Rarus Avis

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