The collaborative Chicagoan trio Whirlpool aims to eliminate the boundaries between composition and improvisation. Its musicians--alto saxophonist Caroline Davis, also a vocalist who performs world music, hip-hop and folk-Americana; drummer Charles Rumback, a member of Colorist and collaborator of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and guitarist Jeff Swanson- -are versatile musicians, leaders of their own outfits. The nine pieces on the trio's debut recording feature clear and constant emphasis on form and a strong melodic core as the basis for the improvised parts. Still, none of these pieces follows conventional forms in terms of rhythm or structure. The ...read more
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