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Ariel Alexander & Jon Bremen, Street Cries (Jazz Collective Records)




Ariel Alexander & Jon Bremen, Street Cries (Jazz Collective Records)
Cd Reviews 3/6/14

03/06/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Ariel Alexander & Jon Bremen, Street Cries (Jazz Collective Records)

Fascinating bit of experimental jazz here, using the tag-you’re-it approach of having each musician record their parts on their own time. The project directors (both are doctors) here are based out of L.A., sax-player Alexander having worked with Stevie Wonder and folks like that, guitarist Bremen a bebop-weaned guy whose effects-pedal approach is often ethereal in its wispy Nels Cline-like originality. But what grabs you at first — and you’ll have to listen to this short five-songer a couple of times to get a grip on the whole — is drummer Louis Cole’s blocky, woody sound, which churns along in drum-n-bass style on opener “Street Cries of Charleston,” a touchstone Amen showing up within the breakbeats. That track isn’t Alexander’s strongest; she’s not an enthusiastic rocker, but the sweet dinner-chill of “Daisy” shows that she can make her sax do some uncommonly good things. Lively stuff, very proggy, absolutely cutting edge anywhere you drop the needle. A — Eric W. Saeger





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