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Jacob Garchik, The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album
Yestereve Records, Sept. 31

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Fast becoming an avant-jazz legend, multi-instrumentalist Garchik has presented here a sonic thesis on the trombone as potential gospel vocalist. What does that accomplish, aside from duly noting that this San Franciscan transplant to New York has a weird side (surprise!)? Well, I’d suppose that it might encourage serious trombone players to stretch out and think outside the box, but to me there’s something inherently oxymoronic about that, since trombonists – and clarinetists, while we’re here – aren’t the most dynamic individuals. Furthermore, the trombone sound, almost no matter what it’s doing, can’t help but make you think of one of two things: marching bands or movies from the 1940s. Yet Garchik soldiered on, working this up in his bedroom lab, adding layer upon layer – and the odd sousaphone – to these experiments. In the end, it’s an album that was made Because It’s There, which does make it, if nothing else, an artistic success. A
— Eric W. Saeger






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