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Brennan/Denzler/Weber/Wolfarth: Momentum 3

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With its third release, this European band surges onward as a floating collective that explores atonal sounds amid throaty whispers, split tones and much more. Here, Christian Weber employs close-handed bass techniques atop Christian Wolfarth’s free-jazz drumming approach. But the group’s methodology rings more like a transformation in progress. The musicians provide downright eerie undercurrents amid edgy maneuvers and radiant voicings. They integrate a seamless flow into the grand proceedings. At times, it becomes difficult to discern who is playing any particular instrument. Perhaps, this characteristic implicates some of the intriguing aspects, whereas the quartet possibly mimics the strangeness of ...

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John Wolf Brennan - Daniele Patumi: Time Jumps - Space Cracks

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Recorded at an arts museum in Switzerland, the duo infuses easy to grasp, melodious pronouncements with chamber and avant-garde jazz sensibilities. However, pianist John Wolf Brennan (Ireland) and bassist Daniele Patumi (Italy) also intermix non-Western modalities into this beautifully constructed program. Known for their work with the multinational quartet, “Pago Libre,” the artists render interesting variations of generally, tuneful themes augmented by prepared bass and piano digressions. On, “Suite Arabique,” Patumi dishes out a pattern of complex bass lines for a work that is all about budding undercurrents and slightly ominous implications. Here, Brennan plucks and glides across his grand ...

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John Wolf Brennan / Gene Coleman / Christian Wolfarth: Momentum

This trio of pianist John Wolf Brennan, bass clarinetist Gene Coleman, and percussionist Christian Wolfarth are mainly interested on this disc in exploring sounds and textures and various possibilities of rhythm and dynamics. The Momentum of the title is honest and hard-won, for these performers are not relying on the already-realized potentials of steady rhythms for forward motion, but are attempting to establish new means of development and continuity.

Some of the moments in this momentum are quite simply astounding, as the three breath at one and find the most improbable divergences becoming moments of unexpected convergence. ("To hoo wa ...

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Brennan - Coleman - Wolfarth: Momentum

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Momentum is all about bare bones, raw – down to the nitty-gritty improvisations from the Trio of pianist John Wolf Brennan, Gene Coleman who performs on bassclarinet and melodica and percussionist Christian Wolfarth. The liners offer several different interpretations of momentum or – for the moment- whether literal, philosophical or pertaining to musical form or composition. From the opening statements of “Robots Don’t Cough” the duo of Brennan who performs on the prepared piano and percussionist Wolfarth delve into fragmented themes which at times seem surreal or in some instances, unsettling. Coleman’s often industrial or mechanical sounding bassclarinet work on ...



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