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Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux: Path of Totality (Whirlwind)

A review of the saxophonist-led group's second album

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Path of Totality by Quinsin Nachoff's Flux
The cover of Path of Totality by Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux

In physics, flux is the movement and flow of radiant energy across a given area. In the mind of saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff, it’s a band of varying size uniquely qualified to explore a vast array of his latest concepts. Path of Totality doesn’t stint on this exploration—four of its six compositions go beyond 13 minutes.

Take “Bounce” as an example. Working with University of Toronto physicist Dr. Stephen Morris, Nachoff translated the mathematical model of a bouncing ball into music. Few percussionists are better for this endeavor than Kenny Wolleson, an original thinker who has invented his own “Wollesonic” collection of instruments—but add Kneebody timekeeper Nate Wood too. Nachoff and fellow saxophonist David Binney display their own sonic crossover dribbles while pianist Matt Mitchell comps the placeholder groove. A series of crescendos at the end is undergirded by Jason Barnsley stressing a 1924 Kimball theatre organ.

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