Undead Music Festival, Greenwich Village Edition: New York, NY, May 9, 2012
Black Host was a mostly democratic band, but Cleaver kept a chieftain's role as a groove-keeper, supporting the breadth of each number with a constant pocket. Seabrook had the greatest number of sound options with a whole array of pedals and radio sounds, but Niggenkemper got in on the extended technique action, using a floodlight frame to create screeching banshee wails. Jones also brought a sense of electronic presence, his humming and beeping alto sound often more like a laptop glitch processor than a reed instrument. Moore brought a huge historical presence with touches of Andrew Hill and McCoy Tyner and gave the whole ensemble a safety net of familiar but powerful texture to fall into.