Philip Gelb: Between/Waves
The 2nd piece titled, “Waves” was recorded live at Mills College as Gelb teams with synthesist and sampler expert, Chris Brown. On this 18-minute piece, Gelb performs over backwashes of what sounds like a babbling brook along with other curiously produced samples and electronics. The fun begins when Brown mimics – in interactive mode- Gelb’s instrument as he may have been sampling the instrument on stage, in a dynamic manner. The music is otherworldly as if spirits were communicating amongst themselves. Gelb and Brown do a commendable job of gradually evolving the music into something cohesive, which affords the listener the opportunity to follow and grasp the various themes similar to a growth cycle or a maturation process.
Between/Waves is refreshing, chilling, startling and altogether entertaining. Needless to state this isn’t elevator music! Gelb and Company offer up something which is rather unique, thoroughly modern and brimming with ingenuity! Highly Recommended - * * * * ½
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Record Label: Sparkling Beatnik Records
Style: Modern Jazz