This swirling mélange opens "Leaving Moscow," grounded by Scnelle's brutal cadence and the relentless jabs of Kurosawa, setting up an explosive melodic unison with offset commentary from Templeton's squiggly alto and the hot distorted legato of Noice.
On the nervous jangle of "Seven on Seventh," Templeton's serpentine lines punctuate with harsh screams and morph into a total squall fueled by Noice's ring-modulated caterwaul. The leader peppers "With Fire Eyes," with growling, burbling plunger mute commentary, followed by a Gothic theme that draws Albert Ayler
Impossibly tight unisons create a constant shock of tension, such as the Deep Purple meets Mahavishnu mashup of "Tadodaho," where Rosenboom's delayed trumpet preens and glistenson other tracks, the flirtation with metal drives the sonic landscapesuch as Noice's granular distortion on "Hush Money."
It all comes together on the episodic "The Fifteenth Hour," another disjointed, Ornette-ian challenge that Kurosawa splits apart with a solo that toggles between the sounds of 70s synthesizers and Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Complex and exciting, Fire Keeper burns, lurches, and leaps with intelligent virtuosity and a breathtaking sense of ensemble cohesion. This might be where jazz is headingso strap in and enjoy the ride.
Track Listing: Leaving Moscow; Seven on Seventh; With Fire Eyes; Tadodaho; Hush Money; The Fifteenth Hour; Holiday Motel; Inspiration; Tendrils.
Personnel: Daniel Rosenboom: trumpet, piccolo trumpet; Alexander Noice: electric guitar; Gavin Templeton: saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; Kai Kurosawa: Bear Trax, ziggy, electronics; Dan Schnelle: drums.