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Tigersmilk: From the Bottle

2003’s eponymous debut by Tigersmilk was not an entirely welcoming thing. Happily, that difficult release has been followed by the richer, more enjoyable From the Bottle.

The title, as any Chicago creative music fan can tell you, refers to the Empty Bottle, the club where cornetist/laptopist Rob Mazurek, bassist Jason Roebke and percussionist Dylan van der Schyff washed up for this live set of untitled improvisations. Van der Schyff’s kitchen-sink rumble can accelerate into a barrage of percussive hail. His sound meshes well with the electronic buzzing and scratching Mazurek sets just below the surface of the music. Roebke either strolls through the center of things with big, slow, sloppy beats or crouches in Mazurek’s electronic haze with a rapid-fire pizzicato. With post-Don Cherry squeals and melodic statements in broad vibrato, Mazurek gives the music a healthy dose of swagger.

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