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Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle

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Tenor/soprano saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock has released two previous albums with her Anti-House group, but her players have all crossed paths in other bands as well. Laubrock plays in guitarist Mary Halvorson’s septet with bassist John Hébert. Drummer Tom Rainey and Laubrock play as a duo and, with pianist Kris Davis, in Rainey’s quintet Obbligato. Laubrock and Davis are also two-thirds of Paradoxical Frog.

In this case familiarity breeds rapport, which brings out qualities not normally expected from each musician. Most significant, Halvorson plays without the use of her pitch-bending effect pedal, typically a trademarked element of her musical voice. Without it, she still unleashes convoluted melody lines, but she also produces some manic country-fied chords, especially during her entrance on the opening “That’s All She Wrote,” following some equally free clatter from Rainey.

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