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Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet w/ Ojai Camerata, the Kaiser/Diaz-Infante Sextet “The Alchemical Mass / Suite Solutio” [pfMENTUM] (cd)

cujo   7/13/2005   CD, Jazz

Extremely talented L.A. improvisor/composer Jeff Kaiser wows with his large ensemble piece ‘The Alchemical Mass?. Based on an abbreviated text of a latin mass by 16th century alchemist heretic Nicholas Cibenensis, and recorded live in 2003 in Ventura. The Introitus starts off pointillistic & devoid of melody, turns a bit creepy when the chorus starts to sing, then goes all demented with a TomWaitsy percussion-laden tango. The Kyrie features some phrygian (certainly not yer regular diatonic) writing, this mode persists throughout the piece. The Collecta and Gloria features flugelhorn solo over crazed whispering (always a personal favorite). There is a mad tornado of horns and saxes in the Offertorium, and the chorus closes everything off nicely. The companion work, Suite Solutio, is for a much smaller ensemble (sextet) but at times (Part II) can really get loud. Part I is a rhythmically fluctuating loosely Pink Panther kind of groove, Part II is a hellishly noisy track featuring huge blocks of crashing metal and a screeching horn. Then most of the work focuses on duets – guitar vs flugelhorn in Part 3, trumpet and trombone in Part 4, bass and guitar in Part V. The whole work closes on a fantastically long gong strike. Guest starring Vinny Golia and Ernesto Diaz-Infante.
Cujo, July 2005

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Brian Turner says

Thank you to FJC for turning me on to the world of Kaiser -- his projects are a real swerve off the highway of the glut of improv-related music flowing...especially the larger ensembles, great stuff. Look out for anything in the paper pfMnetum sleeve (though I think they're finally using cases)...

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