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Dialectical Imagination: Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You.

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Improvising artists, Eli Wallace (piano) and Rob Pumpelly (drums) recorded this outing for legendary UK-based jazz/avant-garde/free-improv record label, Leo Records. But they've been involved with free-jazz and other jazz activities for San Francisco Bay Area's, Edgetone Records amid various projects and encounters. Indeed, the band moniker, Dialectical Imagination, is significant from an opposing forces standpoint. Yet for the most part the musicians are a team via these four galvanizing semi free-form jaunts. Besides the torrential currents, Wallace shrewdly ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath

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On their debut album The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (Atma Nadi Records, 2017) pianist/composer Eli Wallace and drummer Rob Pumpelly--the duo Dialectical Imagination--described their music as an amalgam of free improvisation and chamber music. Their vision for The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath is decidedly more abstract though that is an overly simplified depiction of a complex set of extended pieces.A California native, transplanted in New York, Wallace has a broad ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

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Dialectical Imagination is a duo comprised of pianist Eli Wallace and percussionist Rob Pumpelly, both of whom are dedicated to finding an approach to free improvisation that draws from their other interests in chamber music and composition. The six tracks included on this intriguingly-titled release do offer some provocative possibilities in that direction, providing idiosyncratic and compelling improvisations that retain vital thematic musical gestures. In addition to his prior experience as a guitarist with avant-rock ensembles like miRthkon ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The title The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture may conjure an elaborate theatrical vocal production but it is neither that, nor anything else that is even remotely familiar. Pianist/composer Eli Wallace and drummer Rob Pumpelly make up the duo Dialectical Imagination and describe their blend of free improvisation and chamber music as “ecstatic music," a description that--more often than not--is a surprisingly concise account of music that is rarely as succinct itself.A California native, now ...


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