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Spring Heel Jack: Blue Series Continuum: Masses

British drum ‘n’ bass duo Spring Heel Jack’s newest project, recorded with a score of avant-garde jazz musicians, is a milestone album-though one not always successful.

Part of Thirsty Ear’s “Blue Series,” curated by pianist Matthew Shipp, the album features the improvisational skills of Shipp, saxophonist Tim Berne, bassist William Parker, violinist Mat Maneri and free-blowing saxophonist Evan Parker, among others. The musicians recorded their parts in New York and then shipped the tapes to England, where SHJ’s John Coxon and Ashley Wales integrated the performances into their own sound, with the help of some additional studio musicians.

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