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 – Proof Theory
by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
LEAP OF FAITH with PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / YURI ZBITNOV / JIM WARSHAUER / ERIC DAHLMAN - Proof Theory (Evil Clown 9182; USA) Featuring Dave PEK on sopranino, alto, tenor & bass saxes, clarinets, double reeds, tarogato, flute, harmonium, etc., Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonics & voice, Jim Warshauer on soprano & bari saxes & shenai, Eric Dahlman on trumpet, recorder, game calls & voice and Yuri Zbitnov on drums, percussion & metal. This disc is yet another smaller, quintet version of Leap of Faith, with two guest horn players. The only name I vaguely recognized is Jim Warshauer, who is also a recent disc with Rakalam Bob Moses, another Boston-based musician and professor. The set here was recorded at Outpost 186 in June of 2018. Unlike other Leap of faith discs, this one erupts intensely right from the beginning with a dense layer of percussion (gongs, bells & cymbals) plus waterphone(s) and whistles. The first solo sounds like PEK on some double reed but soon morphs into a slow moving layer of brass, bass sax and percussion. Since the three core members, Mr. Peck, Ms. Lomon and Mr. Zbitnov, are longtime veterans of dozens of Leap of Faith sets, they know when to lay back, interact and erupt in equal amounts. There are moments of frenzied activity and moments of calm contemplation and lots of time in between. Each member of this quintet take their time and get a chance to stretch out, solo and interact. Several highlights are captured throughout: when Mr. Lomon solos on frenetic plucked cello midway, there is layer of percussion for her to interact with. Midway through this, Leap of Faith evolve into their ritualistic haunting vocals section which doesn’t last very long but does a good job of taking us on our humanistic journey… Another winner..!
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
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