On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
PEK Solo - Fulcrum
by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
PEK - Solo - Fulcrum (Evil Clown 9170; USA) This disc features PEK on tenor & bass saxes, clarinets, bassoon, tarota, accordion, daxophone, aquasonic and metals. Dave Peck is the longtime leader and founder of the Leap of Faith, an immensely prolific Boston-area institution with some hundred discs available. Although PEK has several offshoot projects like Turbulence & Metal Chaos, his solo offerings are pretty rare. Starting off with just a gong and slowly adding eerie metal percussion, PEK still evokes that Art Ensemble ritualistic vibe, adding some spacious reverb to the cymbals, gongs and drums. On occasion it is hard to tell which reed or double reed PEK is playing, Contra-alto clarinet or bassoon, hard to tell which. Mr. Peck does a good job of evoking those dark spirits, suspending time and putting his listeners into a trance. Instead of overdubbing, Mr. Peck seems to sample certain sounds (often percussive) and then loop them underneath his solos. He usually picks up one reed instrument at a time, occasionally sampling it as well. It often seems as if PEK is stretching out time as he explores drones and textures slowly manipulating them, their sound expanding, contracting and carefully twisted. At one point Mr. Peck is playing bass sax, the deepest tone of the sax family. It sounds as if we are being submerged in the depths of the sea, like being in a submarine or bathosphere. 75 minutes seems like a long time to be submerged but again, we are on a journey so… dive in my friend and please don’t drown.
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Raffi Photo tweak by PEK
On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff