House Band of the Universe: Cycle Two (2004)
Drummers Storrs and Mike Klobas lay down delicate textures, pianist Mark Bjorklund lurks, inserting interludes of ephemeral melody, and Page Hundemer provides one of the more distinctive bottom ends, sometimes guitar-like, sometimes with the contained intensity of a deep underwater sound that vibrates your marrow and shakes your soft internal organs around. And somtimesI note, as I listen to "Universal Club"it sounds pretty, a nearly mainstream piano trio with an added drummer, but these pretty sounds break apart and veer off toward Cecil Taylor-like chaos.
With Cycle Two the House Band of the Universe takes you into an uncharted territory of cosmic folk songs. This is definitely not for those who crave structured song-smithing, but if the ear is open and the spirit willing to accept the unexpected, it is an oddly entrancing sound.
Track Listing: Oba Dap Dap, Wholey Afternoon, BUBBLES, Walks in the Park, Changes of Pace, Bumpacoat, To Tell, Hopportunity, Universal Club
Personnel: Mark Bjorklund--piano, keys, electronic percussion, Page Hundemer--bass, loops, Mike Klobas--drums; Dave Storrs--drums, keys, trombone
Record Label: Louie Records
Style: Modern Jazz