128

Brad Dutz: Nine Gardeners Named Ned

Rex  Butters By

Sign in to view read count
Brad Dutz: Nine Gardeners Named Ned Los Angeles percussionist Brad Dutz spends more time outside on Nine Gardeners Named Ned. With names like Kris Tiner, John Fumo, Sara Schoenbeck, and Ellen Burr joining the ensemble for a session of snails and adventure, the listener can expect some rare and exotic blooms. Throw William Roper's wry words into the mix, and they morph into genetically modified organisms.

Dutz's compositions require genre-melting sensibilities from the players who eagerly accommodate him. His contributions as a player add more to musicality and sound than stimulating beat fever. The nine pieces hang together like a suite.

Dutz manages a percussion fanfare preceding the sly theme of "Look at the Pretty Weeds... They're Dead." Dutz (on bongos) and drummer Chris Wabich throw beats back and forth while Kim Richmond circulates on clarinet. John Fumo blows the flame hotter on trumpet. Sara Schoenbeck bends and molds her rich bassoon sound around charted flourishes. "Rotted Vegetables... Too Late to Pick introduces the Nine Neds via one of Roper's inventive tall tales. After a brief ensemble sojourn, "Rotted fruit... infested with insects becomes a bawdy retelling of the Eden expulsion myth by Roper. Near humid drumming opens "Distribute Fertilizer... Evenly, where Wabich's gentle steel drums lurk through the shady theme.

A flurry of drums, shakers, and beatables open "I Like Brown Leaves Especially When They're Torn. The ensemble riff sets up a marimba solo by Dutz and a veering bass clarinet run by Bob Carr. "Leaf Blowers Are Stinky... And Loud briefly explores angular counterpoint, then "Norbert Rakes Bark... And Mulch leads with the drummers playing a field snare march. Flutes and piccolos counterpoint bassoon, tuba and bass leading to a military meltdown.

The moody ensemble piece Wicked Late For Nite Blooming... But Not Dusk, shifts and changes, with entertaining group improvisations opening up along the way. "Plant the Bulbs... Frequently rides a clown car through Nino Rota land.

On Nine Gardeners Named Ned Dutz and company create a rich musical landscape composted with restrained improvisations, a garden where the hours fly by.


Track Listing: Look at the Pretty Weeds

Personnel: Brad Dutz- mallet percussion, hand percussion; Chris Wabich- drums, steel drum, percussion; Kim Richmond- b-flat clarinet; Bob Carr- bass clarinet; Sara Schoenbeck- bassoon; Ellen Burr- C flute, alto flute, piccolo; John Fumo- trumpet, piccolo trumpet; Kris Tiner- trumpet, flugelhorn; William Roper- tuba, spoken word; Trey Henry, Dean Taba, Anders Swanson- bass; Jasper Dutz- bass clarinet, b-flat clarinet.

Title: Nine Gardeners Named Ned | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: pfMentum


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Polarity Taskmasters
Warner Bros. Records
2011
buy
2 Timing
Warner Bros. Records
2010
buy
Duets
Warner Bros. Records
2010
buy
10 Passes
Warner Bros. Records
2009
buy

More Articles

Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Flesh & Bone CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Generations CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017
Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "The Day After" CD/LP/Track Review The Day After
by David A. Orthmann
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Moments Captured" CD/LP/Track Review Moments Captured
by Andrew Luhn
Published: May 12, 2017
Read "Good Merlin" CD/LP/Track Review Good Merlin
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "The Company I Keep" CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 9, 2017
Read "Lab 2016" CD/LP/Track Review Lab 2016
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Sonder" CD/LP/Track Review Sonder
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 17, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.