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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

Elixir is a soundtrack in search of a film. Percussionist Marilyn Mazur and saxophonist Jan Garbarek, who plays on roughly half the disc, create a world of soundscapes and moods within these 21 tunes-21 outlines, really, since the tunes are short, sparsely populated and barely developed. There’s a lot of introspection and meditation going on here, what with all the song titles like “Pathway,” “Joy Chant,” and “Spirit of Air.”

Mazur conceives percussion in a broader sense than most practitioners. Her panoply of percussive devices do more than keep rhythm-they create melody, harmony, color, texture and atmosphere. Her kit includes everything but the kitchen sink: kettle drums, gongs, marimba, glass percussion, bells, a vast array of cymbals and numerous unidentifiable things made of wood and metal. Who knows, maybe she does have a kitchen sink in there, or at least a ceramic basin and a few pieces of plumbing.

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