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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.