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The integration of electronics with improvisation has taken a short and rocky course. The occasional use of the sampler is about as electronic as jazz usually gets without turning into cheese. But the full arsenal of turntables, loops and effects is successfully applied on Already Gone. From an electronica point of view, this would probably qualify as a form of "trance." From a jazz point of view, things are more complicated. Sparse improvisation motors forward through a thickly textured electronic fieldwith various instruments (and tunings) serving the role as lead. A bit dark, very thoroughly produced, and particularly suited for headphone listening.
Already Gone distinguishes itself as experimental musicand as such, provides an interesting listen... but it can also be a bit hit or miss. Recommended to those who want to stay on the leading edge of the relatively new improvisation/electronica fusion.
Track Listing: Six variations.
Personnel: Phil James: shakuhachi, voice, harmonium, pedal steel guitar, Native American flute, turntables, electronics, drums.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.