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Ches Smith & These Arches: Hammered

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Even among today’s many ambitious drummer-composer-bandleaders, Ches Smith applies his skills to an especially dynamic array of brainy projects. Last year he appeared on Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, continued in Mary Halvorson’s quintet and released a solo percussion disc, to name a few. His technique has landed him in a number of exploratory rock bands, too, including Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog.

Halvorson switched leadership roles with Smith for These Arches’ strong 2010 debut, Finally Out of My Hands, which also included Andrea Parkins (accordion, electronics) and Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone). When Malaby couldn’t make a tour, Berne filled in and never left, ratcheting up the caliber of the music and the potential for wild flights off of the compositions. Hammered delivers in both respects.

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