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Nobu Stowe: Confusion Bleue

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Spontaneous improvisation clearly reflects how musical minds can work and how a variety of musical tools can be used. Confusion Bleue was recorded in 2007 by pianist Nobu Stowe and his group, including sound man Lee Pembleton, guitarist and sax player Ross Bonadonna, bassist Tyler Goodwin and drummer Ray Sage. Perfectly placed sound creation carries this collective improvisation into multiple directions that are unforeseen and unusually challenging to the ear. Utilizing instruments, from acoustic and electronic to the exotic, the musicians produce sounds that bump into, overlap, collide with, synchronize with, separate from and overtake each other.

The players’ tendency toward hyper-kineticism allows one sound to morph transparently into another. The music seems to lack a compass but, surprisingly, the constant change in tempo, phrasing, and timbre ground it. Paradoxically, the tracks are titled in leaden classical terms.

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