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Agogic: Agogic (2011)

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Seattle's music scene is well known for its alternative rock bands, such as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. But the nonconformist jazz of Agogic's debut would rival them all in terms of its own energy and inventiveness. Born from the collaboration between saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo
Andrew D’Angelo
Andrew D’Angelo

saxophone
and trumpeter Cuong Vu
Cuong Vu
Cuong Vu
b.1969
trumpet
(whose resumes are dotted with the likes of David Bowie, Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
and Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar
), the group is further cemented by bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Evan Woodle
Evan Woodle
b.1989
drums
.

Agogic's pieces are like impressionist collages; at times painted with heavy back beats and eccentric harmonies in "Acid Kiss," or ripples of hushed and elongated notes that are coupled with a strummed bass chords and tribal drums in "Old Heap." Vu's horn is the most familiar, its electrified signature heard in his recordings Leaps of Faith (Origin Records, 2005) and It's Only Residual (ArtistShare, 2005). But D'Angelo's got his own bag of tricks, providing nice bass clarinet touches, exhausting lines and skronks in the jamming pieces "Too Well" and "Use 2," or indistinguishable sounds that add depth and granularity.

But what really identifies Agogic is its collectivism. It's a unit that can thrash like acid rockers; provide unpredictability by way of a soft melody in "Felicia," or travel light years to another galaxy in "Gently Shifting Next"—while, underneath its skin, lies the heart of Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
, and some Kurt Kobain thrown in, for good measure.


Track Listing: En Se Ne; Too Well; Acid Kiss; Old Heap; Felicia; Use 2; Gently Shifting Next.

Personnel: Andrew D'Angelo: alto saxophone, bass clarinet; Cuong Vu: trumpet; Luke Bergman: bass; Evan Woodle: drums.

Record Label: Table and Chairs Music


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