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The Lou Grassi Po Band with Marshall Allen: Live At The Knitting Factory Volume 1 (2011)

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Drummer Lou Grassi, with his progressive jazz and improvisational luminaries, slams matters into high gear during this gutsy 2000 recording, captured at New York City's Knitting Factory. Historically, Grassi is known for his driving passion and prominent leadership, while almost always engaging with superior musicians. Here, the frontline musicians lock horns, via intervallic spikes and scorching dialogues.

"RePoZest" presents an evolving vista, commencing with introspective musings between trumpeter Paul Smoker
Paul Smoker
Paul Smoker
b.1941
trumpet
's linear phrasings and flautist Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen
b.1924
sax, alto
's cosmological lines. The plot thickens, as trombonist Steve Swell
Steve Swell
Steve Swell
b.1954
trombone
and clarinetist Perry Robinson
Perry Robinson
Perry Robinson
b.1938
clarinet
envelop the theme-building component with drawling extended notes, as the band assumes a role-playing modus operandi, where notions of discontent come to fruition, perhaps mimicking an unruly protest.

Lucid imagery radiates, as the soloists surge forward with an argumentative gait and a take-no-prisoners approach. Grassi and associates execute an abundance of abstract aerial assaults and knockout blows throughout this rather mesmeric program.

Personnel: Lou Grassi: drums; Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute; Paul Smoker: trumpet; Steve Swell: trombone; Perry Robinson: clarinet; Wilber Morris: bass.

Record Label: Porter Records

Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


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