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Talking Pictures/Jorrit Dijkstra: Humming

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Talking Pictures is the premier small ensemble of the vibrant Vancouver creative music scene. As documented on two strong albums on the much missed Red Toucan label, this co-op quartet is equally cogent mewling with bucolic lyricism or spitting noise in electro-acoustic improvisations.

Comprised of trumpeter Bill Clark, cellist Peggy Lee, guitarist Ron Samworth and drummer Dylan van der Schyff, Talking Pictures has such a well-balanced ensemble sound that, at first, the idea of adding a guest composer/improviser seems dubious. Luckily, in writing the program for Humming, Dutch alto saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra did not simply write to the musicians’ strengths; his compositions amplified them. As a result, Humming has good, old-fashioned synergy.

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