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Album Review: Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline | Music from the Early 21st Century 

Last Updated: 07/01/2020 10:29 am
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Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline Music from the Early 21st Century
(RareNoise Records)

It's a deceptively plainspoken title for an album of far-reaching live improvisation, Music from the Early 21st Century. But before you hit play, there are context clues that this is no generic exercise. The song titles are words of recent coinage, words that would be perplexing to folks in even the later years of the previous century: "Photobomb," "Parkour," "Flash Mob." It's a wry specificity, a zoomed-in glimpse, that can be juxtaposed with the album-cover art, a shot from the Hubble telescope caputuring the earlist image of our universe yet. Mammoth and minute. Powerful and precise. Fields and filigree.

This is a heavy, delicate, and soaring experience. Kerhonkson keyboardist Jamie Saft's playing on Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes piano, and MiniMoog synthesizer ranges from deep tidal to Deep Purple; Claverack drummer Previte's playing is polyglot percussion, varied and fluent; and Nels Cline's (Wilco) guitar shimmers, skronks, and sings. And, again, this was recorded live—LIVE—over a four-day stretch of gigs in 2019 at venues in Beacon, Hudson, New York City, and Pennsylvania. The shred heads, free-jazz freaks, and new-music nerds in attendance must all have been ecstatic. I didn't see any of these shows, so I've got a retroactive and recent term to contribute to the setlist: "FOMO" (Fear of Missing Out).

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