Peter Kerlin Octet: Salamander (2013)
At times Kerlin and associates execute programmatic grooves with layered strings and booming bass parts, coupled with loosely organized jazz-based improvisation. For example, on "Wanna Let The Bell-Tower Ring," the ensemble renders abrupt stops with a terse, odd- metered unison runs and radiant improv segments. Otherwise, the leader yields perceptive song-form stylizations and contrasting statements, brimming with transitory detours.
"Ballad Of The Bewildered Herd," features extended bass workouts amid cymbals-induced coloration and frothy beats by drummers Mike Pride and Charles Burst. Hence, the musicians articulate numerous viewpoints, enhanced by a little roughhousing in spots. The strings section closes it out with a gruff and steely imprint. Moreover, the band transcends a softly woven melody into an ostinato motif that seemingly comes out of nowhere, signifying one of many subtle surprises on this irrefutably persuasive offering. It's as though Kerlin lifts items from different categories; reassembles, organizes and customizes into a top-shelf product.
Track Listing: Bulbs; Snake Eats Electric Blanket; Cenozoan Warp; Wanna Let The Bell- Tower Ring; Ballad Of The Bewildered Herd.
Personnel: Peter Kerlin: bass; Taylor Bergren-Chrisman: bass; Brent Cordero: bass: Sam Sowyrda: vibraphone; Cesare Papetti: vibraphone; Amy Cimini: viola; Jessica Pavone: viola; Karen Waltuch: viola; Emily Manzo: organ, Wurlitzer; Mike Pride: drums, percussion; Charles Burst: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Innova Recordings