Album Review: CHBO | 0419NY | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine



Sonic and discographic mysteries abound on this fine new release from drum maven and band leader Chris Bowman. Joining forces with bassist and frequent collaborator Jim Donica, Bowman adds the fiery front line of American expat trumpeter Brant Tilds and the Hudson Valley's brilliant, woefully underappreciated Joe Giardullo on soprano saxophone and flute. Free jazz is once more the name of the game, richer for these musicians' sensitive concision, albeit not without beguiling aural enhancements via studio techniques like overdubbing and reverb. These add luminescence and raucous counterpoint to the agony and ecstasy of "Immigration Rumble," where the clearer-toned "Starsky and Hutch" and "WTF" unleash counterpunches from Giardullo and Tilds in conjunction with the tunes' memorable heads. Who composed them? Good question. The disc's threadbare liner notes provide no indication, beyond assigning a copyright to the calendar year 2019. Regardless, kudos to these superb players and their dedication to passionate, compassionate improvisation.


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