7

Reconnaissance Fly: Flower Futures

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Reconnaissance Fly: Flower Futures
Vocalist, flautist Polly Moller concocted the premise for this album based on collections of Internet-based spam poetry, or as the press release states, "spoetry." It's quite kooky, yet thoroughly engaging. Slight comparisons to small ensemble Frank Zappa, largely from a lyrical standpoint, come to fruition as the band performs with a theatrical flair, and an ideology that could be framed on a soundtrack for a guileful Off-Broadway production. They merge a consortium of unruffled, breezy jazz passages amid brusque unison breakouts and thorny time signatures with the musicians' penchant for mimicking the human element.

This enterprising group is a precision machine. And on "One Should Never," they summon comparisons to the quieter side of vintage King Crimson via Moller's whispery and endearing flute notes. But on other tracks they merge up-tempo two-step dance grooves, funky Tango licks and provide a supple gameplan. In addition, Moller's vocals combine the austerity of opera with a quirky approach, given the often amusing lyrics that bear more than a few chuckles.

"The Animal Trade in Canada" commences as a flute and sax based chamber setting and dappled with avant-garde musings, as drummer Larry the O peppers the movement with bristling and snappy rim-shots. Yet with Moller's vocal refrains, concerning "species" (the song lyrics aren't included in the package) the band shifts towards a Herbie Hancock Headhunters-era funk jazz vibe. They also meld the Latin element into the picture with a multihued composite during "Sanse Is Cred nza," featuring byzantine pulses and the frontline's ballsy soloing spots, shifting towards funk and rock motifs. Other than the ensemble's razor-sharp focus and highly synchronized methodology, a great deal of wit and whimsy propagates an attainable and irrefutably entertaining succession of events.

Track Listing

Small Chinese Gong; One Should Never; As Neat As Wax; Emir Scamp Budge; The Animal Trade In Canada; The Party Constraint; Seemed To Be Divided In Twain; Electric Rock Like A Cat; Sanse Is Cred nza; Oh! Goldfinch Cage; An Empty Rectangle.

Personnel

Chris Broderick: c-melody saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Amanda Chaudhary: electric piano, piano, organ, electronics; Polly Moller: voice, flute, bass flute, heat sink; Larry The O: drums, percussion; Tim Walters: bass, computer.

Album information

Title: Flower Futures | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Edgetone Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near San Francisco
Jazz Near San Francisco
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Read Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus
Ikue Mori / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura
Read Time OutTakes
Time OutTakes
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Read In Baltimore
In Baltimore
The George Coleman Quintet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.