Touch guitar ace Trey Gunn composed this album based upon Marco Minnemann's 51-minute Normalizer 2 drum solo. Thankfully, this is not a bash fest; instead, the drummer's rhythmic foray features odd-metered polyrhythmic episodes and textural cymbal swashes amid a cavalcade of salient percussive concepts.
The preponderance of the largely, contiguous tracks do indeed pronounce a modulating framework; on "Flood," the duo exercises restraint to complement the sinuous journey. Gunn's limber touch guitar work encompasses fretless guitar and basses to complement his electronics overlays. Yet, "Flood" is a piece that typifies many of the other tracks, due to the musicians' fluctuating paradigms, ambient treatments and stinging trade-offs.
They abide by a capacious mindset, whether Minnenmann is throttling matters into overdrive, or Gunn is dishing out a prismatic array of soundscapes. The artists feign over-indulgences, and sustain interest by fusing disparate sounds and intricately devised grooves into these rapidly-moving parts.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.