New York City
March 11, 2010
The "hyperpiano" music of Denman Maroney requires a bit of explanation, which is why Maroney prefaced his quintet gig at Roulette (Mar. 11th) with a word on the meaning of Udentity, the title of his latest release on Clean Feed. Coined by Harry Partch, the term relates to the inverse of overtones or "undertones," a descending series that generates its own rhythmic implicationswhat Maroney calls "pulse fields." From this, Maroney has derived a compositional method, a language of intricate criss-crossing rhythms, daunting tests of concentration but far from dry-sounding exercises. The loping counterintuitive flow bore some resemblance to recent Henry Threadgill. Complicating things further was the hyperpiano, a discipline in which the piano interior is not simply 'prepared' but actually played, using various implements of metal, rubber and plastic. When reedist Ned Rothenberg
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