|Gregg Bendian, Jeff Gauthier, Steuart Liebig, G.E. Stinson: Bone Structure|
|2003, Crypto Gramophone, CG 114|
Bone Structure from Gregg Bendian, Jeff Gauthier, Steuart Liebin, and G.E. Stinson is a collection of abstract space fusion impromptus that stretch the boundaries for musical exploration. The improvisational nature of the album makes the tracks have a very live and uncertain feel to them. The rhythms and tonality explored are both provocative and unconventional. The pieces have a character similar to the music of King Crimson of the 1970's that is comprised of dissonant themes that are tenuously balance with a straining musical direction that struggles for coherency, though the strained exertion seems to be the intent and goal of the effort. The music is a combination of complex drum rhythms, dissonant motifs articulated by stringed instruments, and some unusual effects thrown in for added space-oid flavoring.
This CD is not for the faint of heart and will appeal most likely only to the most ardent fans of outside exploration. The lack of accessibility in the themes and the abstract nature of the improvisation will most likely narrow the listening audience of this album to fans of 20th century abstract impressionistic music. But, fans of this type of music may want to check out this album for its intensive drum rhythms and abstract themes that are worked together in spontaneous extempore.
|~ Christopher Ruel ~ www.ChrisRuel.com ~ Chris@ChrisRuel.com ~ November 2003|
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