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Peter Kerlin Octet: Salamander

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Brooklyn continues to build on its reputation as a breeding ground for some of the finest modern jazz in the Northeast. Bassist Peter Kerlin adds to that distinction with Salamander, an octet powered collection with a very unique structure that includes three basses, double vibraphones and a string trio. Kerlin is no stranger to the unusual having played with the genre defying group Source of Yellow and cutting edge trumpeter Nate Wooley. In contrast to those outings as a side man, the music on Salamander transports the ensemble back and forth from structured chamber-style compositions to free improvisation.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Kerlin Octet: Salamander

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With an unconventional group setting, initial impressions might suggest chamber-jazz of some flavor, but Brooklyn bassist Peter Kerlin's debut effort as a leader is framed on several tangents of classical and jazz. And the young musicians impart aspirations and ingenuity, often intimating the outcomes of a thirst for knowledge and unhindered commitment. Here, the band abides by an unhurried stride as Kerlin's unique and enlivening compositions honor the modern jazz and nouveau chamber strata. But these pieces also contain doses of minimalism and ambient ethereal persuasions with snappy rock grooves, entrancing ostinatos and polychromatic treatments. At times ...



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