The musicians laid out an interesting paradigm to serve as the basis for Loop 1 where one composition is delineated upon a continuous loop. However, this factor may not seem wholly intuitive after a few initial listens. It's largely about structure and improvisation, centered on an expansive framework, based on a concept originated by touch guitarist Linda Cushma.
With great stamina, the band soars with its jet engines intact, profoundly supported by drummer Tim Alexander's polyrhythmic cadences and flurries, amid Cushma's driving bass parts. Blitzkrieg guitars, layered synths, and ethereal interludes coexist with notions of Indie-rock, abetted by Fatimah Halim's airy vocal choruses. It's a musical journey in every sense, as the musicians uncannily morph torrid soloing exercises with throttling flows and an abundance of electrifying contrasts.
Thrusting grooves often give way to split-second shifts in strategy and rough-hewn ambient dreamscapes via customary loops and some high-paced funk-rock motives. Toss in a few plaintive cries and momentous aerial assaults and the band drives it all home with sweeping patterns and intense improvisational segments, largely focused on the progressive-rock element. Halim occasionally softens or tempers the pulsating crescendos with beatific wordless vocals and the piece closes with a whispery breeze that fades into an imaginary abyss.
Loop 1 abounds with a synergistic group-centric foray and contains a veil of inventiveness that elevates the album into a top-shelf pick for 2012.
Track Listing: Loop 1.
Personnel: Linda Cushma: vocals, Chapman Stick, bass, loops, guitar synth; John Humphrey: bass; Joe Myers: guitar; Tim Alexander: drums; Fatimah Halim: vocals; Claudio Cordero: guitar; Steve Parrish: composer, producer.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.