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Leap of Faith: Domains

Read "Domains" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2009, David Peck's (PEK) Leap of Faith group reconvened after a lengthy hiatus to become a prolific producer of music that is always far outside the box. His Evil Clown label has flourished with a company of like-minded artists working in a collective environment. Leap of Faith has performed and recorded in formations ranging from ...

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Leap of Faith Orchestra: Supernovae

Read "Supernovae" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, PEK, set his sights on something bigger with the Leap of Faith Orchestra's Supernovae. The previous incarnation of the LOFO expands from the fifteen musicians on The Expanding Universe (Evil Clown, 2016) to twenty-one players on this new outing. Another noteworthy element of this project is PEK's use of Frame Notation where the ...

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An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

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"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

Steffen Kuehn: Leap Of Faith

Read "Leap Of Faith" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Leap Of Faith is the fourth album from Grammy-winning trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, but it's the first record to truly represent and showcase every aspect of his artistry. He produced the album, he was involved in the mixing process, he wrote eight of the ten compositions featured within, and his horn playing is central to the success ...

Leap of Faith Orchestra: The Expanding Universe

Read "The Expanding Universe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The creative music cooperative known as Leap of Faith had a long initial run from 1993 to 2001 and then re-booted in 2015. At their core, from the beginning, have been multi-instrumentalists David Peck (aka PEK) and Glynis Lomon. PEK, however, assumes a more than democratic leadership role across the many manifestations of the collective that ...

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Leap of Faith/Thomas Heberer: Solution Concepts

Read "Solution Concepts" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The twenty year history of Leap of Faith includes an eleven year hiatus that is noteworthy more for the cooperative's ability to seamlessly pick up the pieces than for an uber-extended break. Cellist Glynis Lomon--a one-time student of Bill Dixon--was working the Boston circuit with multi-reedist PEK in the 1990s. The two honed their far reaching ...

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The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever a swimmer or runner shaves a couple hundredths of a second off some world record or another I can't help but think, “Is there no limit? How fast can they go?" And as I listen to some of today's top­level university Jazz ensembles a similar thought intrudes - “Is there no limit? How well can ...

Dave Douglas: Leap Of Faith

Read "Leap Of Faith" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Dave Douglas was voted trumpeter of the year and innovator/explorer of the year at the 1999 Jazz Awards. He also received firsts in Artist, Composer, and Trumpeter of the year in the critics’ category titled, Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. This Uberman of modern jazz came from nowhere to garner such acclaim. Actually no. With a discography ...

Dave Douglas: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by David Adler

Negotiating the space between tonal composition and anything-can-happen improvisation, Dave Douglas's “straight-ahead" quartet continues to develop its original, identifiable sound. Only one of the trumpeter's many projects, this group released Magic Triangle (Arabesque) in 1998, and they've followed it up with something similar but better. Loose, natural interplay is the name of the game here, and ...