241

Rob Mazurek's Starlicker: Double Demon

Nic Jones By

Sign in to view read count
Rob Mazurek's Starlicker: Double Demon Starlicker is a trio which crosses the genres with ease and a healthy disregard for categorization. Cornetist Rob Mazurek is one of those musicians more preoccupied with the future of improvised music than with its glorious past. Much the same can be said for vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, who once again proves himself to be one of a handful of post-Bobby Hutcherson, post-Walt Dickerson players out there working in new margins, while drummer John Herndon has long been a stalwart of post-rock collective Tortoise.

In view of Starlicker's respective track records it's perhaps unsurprising that its collective music is full of out-of-kilter rhythmic vitality. What's surprising however is the full sound they get from limited resources, as on "Vodou Cinque" where Herndon's work borders on hyperactive for as long as it takes the ear to adjust, but when things fall into place it's clear that the balance between the free and the predetermined is finely, tellingly struck.

On the following "Orange Blossom," Herndon initially nails an almost martial groove before breaking at around the 1:20 mark. What follows is equally marked by a collective vitality, which keeps the ear cocked to Adasiewicz's understated contribution, the nature of which casts him in the role of eye of the storm.

It could be argued that Mazurek is a player who takes his cues from Don Cherry but the point is of limited utility, especially in view of his work on the highly reflective "Triple Hex," which over the course of its lengthy exposition is an exercise in contrasts. It would be misleading to say that Herndon is restrained by comparison to a lot of his work, considering he provides all the drive that's called for, but it becomes clear that Mazurek is intent on reconciling the music—something which he does admirably, even while he emphasizes how the apparently contradictory can make for creative tension. Starlicker is a trio which crosses the genres with ease and a healthy disregard for categorization. Cornetist Rob Mazurek is one of those musicians more preoccupied with the future of improvised music than with its glorious past. Much the same can be said for vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, who once again proves himself to be one of a handful of post-Bobby Hutcherson, post-Walt Dickerson players out there working in new margins, while drummer John Herndon has long been a stalwart of post-rock collective Tortoise.

In view of Starlicker's respective track records it's perhaps unsurprising that its collective music is full of out-of-kilter rhythmic vitality. What's surprising however is the full sound they get from limited resources, as on "Vodou Cinque" where Herndon's work borders on hyperactive for as long as it takes the ear to adjust, but when things fall into place it's clear that the balance between the free and the predetermined is finely, tellingly struck.

On the following "Orange Blossom," Herndon initially nails an almost martial groove before breaking at around the 1:20 mark. What follows is equally marked by a collective vitality, which keeps the ear cocked to Adasiewicz's understated contribution, the nature of which casts him in the role of eye of the storm.

It could be argued that Mazurek is a player who takes his cues from Don Cherry but the point is of limited utility, especially in view of his work on the highly reflective "Triple Hex," which over the course of its lengthy exposition is an exercise in contrasts. It would be misleading to say that Herndon is restrained by comparison to a lot of his work, considering he provides all the drive that's called for, but it becomes clear that Mazurek is intent on reconciling the music—something which he does admirably, even while he emphasizes how the apparently contradictory can make for creative tension.


Track Listing: Double Demon; Vodou Cinque; Orange Blossom; Andromeda; Triple Hex; Skull Cave.

Personnel: Rob Mazurek: cornet; Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone; John Herndon: drums.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Delmark Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966" CD/LP/Track Review Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966
by Doug Collette
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Heritage" CD/LP/Track Review Heritage
by James Nadal
Published: October 3, 2016
Read "Up and Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Up and Coming
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Mu" CD/LP/Track Review Mu
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 30, 2016
Read "Beguiled" CD/LP/Track Review Beguiled
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 9, 2016
Read "Butterflies Fly in Pairs" CD/LP/Track Review Butterflies Fly in Pairs
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 22, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!