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by John Sharpe
Young Belgian pianist Bram De Looze leads a 7-piece outfit of unusual instrumentation and multinational origin through a captivating and ambitious journey on Septych. While De Looze might be best known for his small group work, with his own LABtrio and drummer Dre Hocovar's combo (checkout Coding of Evidentiality (Clean Feed, 2015)), here he flexes his compositional muscles to inspire a program which mixes contemporary music influences with straight improv. In a perplexing twist, while the written selections sound cryptic, ...read more