Album Review

Bruckmann’s, Kyle: Wrack – “Cracked Refraction” – [Porter Records]

surferrosa   5/9/2012   CD, Jazz

Kyle Bruckmann, Oboe player based out of Oakland and former member of the noise outfit Lozenge, brings us the project Wrack, delivering the cohesion and the chaos, with the help of his cacophonous cohorts on viola, bass clarinet and percussion. You have never heard an oboe shred so hard. These are the jagged sounds of intense interplay, walking-running -strolling bass lines, helter skelter time signature and heavy dynamics. These piece are compositions circumscribed in free improv (or is it the other way around?). Asymmetrical musings cook and build, loosen and tighten, ebb, flow and most importantly groove. The musicians here are conversing. Pieces range from sparse and exploratory to dense and complex, airing on the fringe of tight jazz or free noise. The delivery is coming. Dig it. -Surfer Rosa

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