Julian Priester: In Deep End Dance (2003)
The sudden endings of "Ecumene" and the penultimate track, "A Delicate Balance", are the only hard cold endings on the entire CD, and the unfortunate jumpstart synchronized piano and drums which immediately come in as if the musicians began playing before the tape was officially rolling on the opening "In Deep", are the only drawbacks to the recording's fluidity. Otherwise, the album's-worth of seamless segues highlight the session. Brushes lead out of bassist Geoff Harper's "Thin Seam of Dark Blue Light" directly into the subtly stated bass opening of Vannoy's "Majatoto", which itself echoes cymbals after a beautifully frantic spotlight on his drum work, concluding with an overlapped unaccompanied raindrop piano intro to Clement's "A Delicate Balance". The waning moments of "In Deep" finds Priester unaccompanied, lingering on a warm though quietly screaming sputtered note which miraculously cocoons into the first moments of "Captured Imagination".
Very rarely can one boast of a recording that deserves attention from start to finish. Priester's In Deep End Dance is such a rarity.
Track Listing: 1. In Deep 2. Captured Imaginations 3. Blues Sea 4. Ecumene 5. Thin Seam of Dark Blue Light 6. Mejatoto 7. A Delicate Balance 8. End Dance
Record Label: Conduit Records