On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff
On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Leap of Faith – Gravitation
by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
LEAP OF FAITH With PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / ERIC ZINMAN / YURI ZBITNOV - Gravitation (Evil Clown 9167; USA) Featuring: PEK on clarinets, saxes, bassoons, flute, sheng, guanzi, etc; Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice; Eric Zinman on piano and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion. This is a relative rarity out of the 100 or so discs from Leap of Faith, just a quartet with three founders (PEK, Ms Lomon & Mr. Zbitnov) plus pianist Eric Zinman. Mr. Zinman, is a Boston-based pianist who has worked with Linda Sharrock, Ted Daniel & Francois Tusques. Mr. Zinman is another one of those extraordinary free pianists who has under-recognized. Like most Leap of Faith discs, this one starts off modestly with some restraint from the quartet, slowly building as things unfold, sparsely at first. I like that the quartet takes their time to stretch out on each instrument. Mr. Zinman adds bits of fragmented melodies at times, raising ghosts long buried down below. What amazes me about this disc is that it is often restrained, and sounds like a modern jazz quartet at times. Yes, there are some occasional outburst of weirdness but overall it is a gem of creative music.
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
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