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by Andrey Henkin
Cleft's genre comes up as unclassifiable in iTunes. While this is a little bit of a stretch, the Sepia Trio's mix of disparate energy music traditions, most audibly The Fringe, is impressive. Seth Meicht (sax), Brendan Dougherty (drums, electronics), and a new bassist, the much older Akira Ando, recorded Cleft in Dougherty's adopted home of Germany, both live and in the studio. Just when the opening ten-minute Losgelassen leads a listener to expect an album of aggressive ...read more