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Claire DeBrunner/Ken Silverman/ Daniel Carter/Tom Zlabinger: Macroscopia

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The continual intrigue of creative improvisation is the nature of the combination of instruments which the musicians choose. In Macroscopia, the quartet exists without a drummer. Tom Zlabinger plays bass; Daniel Carter, the trumpet and reeds; Ken Silverman, the guitar, oud and hand percussion, and Claire DeBrunner, the bassoon. Out of the instrumentation comes a striking monotone that flows seamlessly through seven tracks. The ensemble keeps their sound close and controlled; the interaction is mild and unpretentious.

Particularly because of the bassoon, the album assumes the role of a story-telling device, perhaps of silky un-tumultuous movement of weather or of the ocean. It is through the tone and color of this double-reed instrument that the idea of character is built, in contrast to the tight fingering of the guitar or oud, the sad song of a muted trumpet or the elongated notes of the sax, the hiss or metal ticking of handheld percussion instruments or the tempo-seeking of the bass.

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