After the brief introduction "Dynamics" with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummers Billy Mintz and Tyshawn Sorey, vocalist Rema Hasumi joins in on "Echo's Bones," giving the piece a welcome focal point. She is the lead instrument on "Novo Voce" until the guitar and trombone take over, performing a similar function on "Kira."
It's a generally languid sound, Neufeld's gentle, sometimes lyrical guitar abstractions accompanied by a textural soundscape from the two drummers. Even the brief drum duet on "C.F.G." (which has the most bebop-influenced theme on the album) is a cooperative, non-bombastic affair. Sorey makes a rare appearance playing bass tromboneon "Contraction" his repeated riffs provide an additional supportive structural layer, while "Novo Voce" finds him in dialog with the other instruments. Neufeld and Mintz play two brief duets, both exercises in texture and restraint.
All these musicians have a healthy respect for dynamics, and are not afraid of silence. Listening to Mu'U is like overhearing an intense conversation among old friends.
Dynamics; Echo's Bones; Entrance; C.G.F.; Contraction; Taunti; Novo Voce; Kira;
Todd Neufeld: electric guitar; Thomas Morgan: acoustic bass; Tyshawn Sorey: drums, bass trombone (5 and 7); Billy Mintz: drums, congas (2); Rema Hasumi: voice (2, 5, 7, 8)
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