Spirits, Little Dreams and Improvisations
Of all the tracks, the longest four stand out. "The Rebbe's Premonition (Doina)"? is a klezmer piece for two clarinets and an arco bass staying on a pedal point. "Grandma Rose's Dreml (Little Dream)"? somehow immediately signals its greater length (11:21), during which it rises and falls, starting with the ethereal, moving to the driving and then returning to the simple before fading out. "Possession/Corruption of the Vulnerable"? is quite a trip as the contrabass clarinet, many times with harmonics, dominates, eventually joined by low trombone. The longest track, "Celebration, Transfiguration, and Release into the Ether,"? is actually the most rhythmically conventional, perhaps because a dance is being evoked, and is quite welcome by this point in the disc, as a saxophone grows more and more ecstatic against the percussion, and the imagined dancers reach towards spiritual release.
The players produce many amazing sounds. All in all the total effect of the album was quite thrilling, once I learned to give myself up to the dybbuk.
Track Listing: Elemental 1-1 (5:37), Dybbuk (4:09), Dialogic #2 (2:06), Unfinished Business (2:33), Elemental 1-3 (3:12), The Rebbe's Premonition (Doina) (5:04), Grandma Rose's Dreml (Little Dream) (11:21), Elemental 3-1 (3:47), Possession/Corruption of the Vulnerable (6:08), Elemental 1-2 (1:19), Inner Struggle (4:42), Council of the Elders (1:57), Elemental 2-2 (2:49), Dialogic #1 (3:58), Peering In From The Other Side (2:13), Celebration, Transfiguration, And Release Into The Ether (12:00), Elemental 1-5 (1:37)
Personnel: Ellen Weller - flute, soprano sax, B flat clarinet, piccolo, fife, windrum, misc jangles, Lisle Ellis - electro acoustic bass, Marcos Fernandes - percussion, field recordings, talking drum, electronics, Vinny Golia - sopranino and tenor saxes, B flat and contrabass clarinets, Nathan Hubbard - percussion, electronics, congas, berimbau, tuning pipe, whistling, George Lewis - trombone, Bertram Turetzky - contrabass, Scott Walton - contrabass, Bob Weller - piano, drums, Charlie Weller - contrabass, Robert Zelickman - B flat clarinet
Record Label: Circumvention Music
Style: Modern Jazz
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