Earl Howard / Denman MAroney: Fire Song
On pieces such as the seventeen minute “Fire Song”, Maroney works the inside of his piano by plucking his strings and seemingly sliding and tapping objects to evoke unusual sounds and rhythms that elicit ethereal characteristics. With this piece, the duo trades motifs via eerie themes and subversive dialogue that often equates to a disjointed yet counterbalancing series of distorted dreamscapes amid implied rhythms as notions of a musical backdrop for a surrealist modern art exhibition come to mind.
Howard’s hybrid soulful/dissonant alto sax work and Maroney’s lower register patterns and staggered pulse on “Pulse Field” makes for captivating yet enticingly abstract conversation whereas an underlying sense of urgency presides on the cartoon-like proposition, titled “Uncaged Bacchanal”. Simply stated, Fire Song offers a comprehensive depiction of two musicians who artfully construct a deeply personal musical language that is undeniably their own.
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Track Listing: 1) Fire Song 2) UnCaged Bacchanal 3) Pulse Field 4) Orchid
Personnel: Earl Howard; alto saxophone; synthesizer: Denman Maroney; hyperpiano
Record Label: Erstwhile Records
Style: Modern Jazz