Lesli Dalaba / Fred Frith / Eric Glick Rieman / Carla Kihlstedt: DalabaFrithGlickRiemanKihlstedt (2003)
Echo effects, reverberant retorts, and remote tonality filter through Dalaba’s trumpet calls. She produces short, succinct lines of crispness, drawing the music into dark nether regions. Her mystic process seduces the band to join her. Glick Rieman works circumspectly to emote long, wispy sound currents of wind, and Kihlstedt makes her violin shriek with piercing jabs of unpredictability. Frith, in turn, takes an inspired journey into this strange world of atonal sound. He uses staccato punches to penetrate deeply into the bowels of the excitement while bonding with the far cries and whispers oozing from the association. Overt disruptions emerge at unexpected times from all musicians, only to be calmed by gentle breezes of sensitivity.
”Worm Anvils,” one of three extended jaunts taken by the band, distinguishes itself with its longer, flowing lines. The piece has hypnotic qualities, spinning ’round and ’round in dervish fashion to draw one deeper and deeper into the eddies of the unknown. “Lucy Has a New Pet Kitty” fills the air with purring trumpet whimpers from Dalaba, while Frith and Kihlstedt surround the playfulness with aggressive attacks on the strings. The music continually spirals into a vortex of eerie sensations. Glick Rieman makes his piano speak in strange electronic tongues. His approach often emulates spatial traveling into far-off galaxies.
The quartet submerges into dreamland on the lengthy closing number, only to abruptly awaken in a sonic maelstrom. Rivers rush in rapid search for the sea as the quartet opens its floodgates to allow these waters to seek new levels of emotion. A sense of connectivity dominates. The recording is synergistic – independent musicians reacting spontaneously to the stimuli at hand. It results in music with serrated edges, certain to challenge seekers of life’s more mysterious elements.
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Track Listing: How Light, a Potato Chip (2:17) / The Distance That Separates Dreams (2:44) / Spicule Maneuver (4:07) / Worm Anvils (12:59) / Shallow Weather (11:57) / Lucy Has a New Pet Kitty (5:17) / Ant Farm Morning (16:02).
Personnel: Lesli Dalaba-trumpet; Fred Frith-guitar, maniacal laughter; Eric Glick Rieman-prepared and extended Rhodes electric piano; Carla Kihlstedt-violin, electric violin, Stroh violin. Recorded: (no date given), Oakland, CA.
Record Label: Accretions
Style: Modern Jazz