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Chris Gestrin, Ben Monder, Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Drummer Dylan van der Schyff seems to be in the middle of everything hip going on in Vancouver. In this loosely constructed trio with pianist Chris Gestrin and guitarist Ben Monder, van der Schyff exhibits a keen perception of tonal color, rhythmic and textural variety and improvised form. Much of the music has a vaguely defined pulse, a context in which the extravagantly imaginative drummer thrives. The music’s intense, but like most of the free jazz I hear from the Pacific Northwest, it’s an outdoorsy kind of intensity.

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