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And while Underground was a fine record full of compelling moments, Cuts advances the concept further and introduces more suite-like thinking. Instead of single tunes, themes are strung together, creating tapestries of more varied texture. At Tonic last month, with an album's worth of unrecorded material, this approach was done even more expertly.
Since this is a saxophone trio, a format that has a long history in jazz, the musical scholarship of Vandermark is better utilized. And since he had long standing relationship with the "rhythm section, particularly Nilssen-Love on two amazing duo records, the two volumes of Dual Pleasure, the shared responsibility is a joyous rather than a weighty one. Because the group tours with some regularity and plays a fine, raucous concert when they do, further albums should continue the group's artistic rise. For now, Cuts is a fascinating snapshot of a hypercreative band in the midst of discovering themselves and what can be done when new thinking is applied to established forms.
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Track Listing: Other Side Up/Boadas; Necessary?/Reset/Slip; Static (A Hundred Yards) Static; Broken (Sentence) Broken; Heavy Light.
Personnel: Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums; Nate McBride: bass
Record Label: Okka Disk
Style: Modern Jazz
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