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Scott Fields Ensemble: Mamet

It takes more than 12 minutes for Scott Fields Ensemble’s Mamet to really start. Sure, there is sound on the opener, “Prairie du Chien,” before that-percussive plucks by guitarist Fields, arco scratches by bassist Michael Formanek, compact and free taps by drummer Michael Zerang-but it’s only after that long buildup that the music begins. When the music finally does start, Fields proves himself a talented though insular improviser, somewhat like Joe Morris at his most self-focused. Fields plays cleaned-toned, single-line solos with occasional double-stops; his lines tend to circle around short melodies until each variation is exhausted, creating a claustrophobic vibe.

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