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Edsel Gomez: Cubist Music

In his U.S. recording debut as a leader, Edsel Gomez is a man with a theory. His concept of musical Cubism advocates an improvisational approach based on small self-contained melodic phrases or motivic patterns, analogous to the building blocks of Cubist paintings.

Gomez has assembled a high-powered team for this project. Whether or not Don Byron, Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Steve Wilson and Gregory Tardy are thinking about Gomez’ “complete unit patterns” when they solo, it is clear that something special is going on here by way of aesthetic stimulus. All five reed players are especially sharp and focused, and indeed they often sound like they are working from smaller structural elements, creatively and intensively juxtaposed.

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