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Sam Gill's Scattered: Perspectival

Read "Perspectival" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Sydney-based saxophonist Sam Gill maintains a prodigious range of projects, ranging from the heady post-bop intricacies of his Coursed Waters quartet to Mind on Fire, an exploratory duo with his brother, vibraphonist Brad Gill. What animates Gill's music is a search for ways of bringing freedom to compositional forms, and finding surprising detours that defy expectations. This modus operandi is amply present on Perspectival, a subdued chamber jazz recording that merges rigor with indeterminacy, performed with consummate skill by Scattered, ...

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Sam Gill's Coursed Waters: Many Altered Returns

Read "Many Altered Returns" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Sam Gill is an alto saxophonist from Sydney, Australia who on this release with his quartet, Coursed Waters, plows a similar musical furrow as Tim Berne. His group plays an interesting blend of involved written-music and free improvisation with an elastic sense of volume and tempo. The CD's opening track, “Nodap," starts with a climbing, angular melody that alternates between lively and mournful moods and turns into a cauldron of potent improvised rumbling that spotlights the cohesiveness between ...


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