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The origins of creative music must go back a lot farther than early European string quartets and small chamber groups from other continents. Music contains such primordial energy that it must surely have begun as one of the very first forms of communication. Imagine early man talking to the spirits. Maybe he and his clan worked at it together. If so, then surely their improvised music must have brought pleasure to the artists as well as to the rest of the family.
Such is the case with these explorations of trumpeter Jeff Kaiser and percussionist Brad Dutz, both experienced professionals from Southern California and quite active in creative music circles. Their recital evokes vivid impressions. The song titles offer some insight, and one look at the instrumentation tells you that this recording offers variety. Kaiser and Dutz are pioneers of sorts, exploring many directions through their creations. “The Order of Her Bones” swings gently with open horn and marimba; “Wounds and Contusions” hints at Miles Davis through the tightly muted trumpet and marimba. A deep respect for various timbres overshadows this session, with the artists exchanging communication through pedal tones, timpani, crying emotion and mallets. On “Finches and Wrens,” Kaiser and Dutz engage in an articulate, impressionistic call and response theme. Another piece takes on the aura of a funeral dirge. All in all, The Order Of Her Bones offers a highly creative approach that’s both accessible to a wide audience and deep in its search for meaning.