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Ches Smith: Congs for Brums

Read "Congs for Brums" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

This solo percussion set by Ches Smith offers ten songs full of depth and imagination. About half of the tunes on Congs for Brums feature the vibraphone, the other half drums and percussion; some songs include both. Smith wrote all the vibraphone pieces on piano and his drum pieces borrow ideas from the vibraphone songs, allowing the tunes to play off one another and create a uniquely beautiful cohesion. Several songs deserve mention, including the first cut, ...