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David Gross, "Things I Found To Be True"


Sedimental
A northeastern American sax player bent on packing his unique and extreme vision into an unassuming, highly personal statement, David Gross might as well be poster boy for the Sedimental label. His first for solo alto saxophone, Things I Have Found To Be True follows fellow Bostonian James Coleman's tremendous solo theremin recording Zuihitsu and Performing Tonight, a collection of baffling sax/voice duets from Gross and Liz Tonne. Gross' 15-year history of instrument discovery stops here in an indecipherable tome to childhood and personal history. Gross has made statements about dismantling completely his concept of looking for new niches within a history of jazz etc, and these ideas are completely supported from minute #1 of this disc. The artist's style is probably derivative of someone else; more appropriately it is entirely derivative of the saxophone as an inert vessel of forces, ideas at the core of any history of free music, but Things I Have Found makes clear that these matter not. By covering the disc with personal referents, including Gross' grandmother's beautiful cover painting of the artist and his brother as children, he creates a mythology that is more than simple juxtaposition of abstract sound and subjective information. The first track, "Partially Buried Woodshed," becomes obscure childhood memory, plea for the abstract expressionist credo of emotion-through-basic-gesture, and a brut simulation technique all flooding at once with Gross struggling to keep his breath within the spaces. Others have described the artist's style as "sculptural," a perfect term that hones in on the physicality of the playing and sounds played, while leaving room for projected spaces within the saxophone itself and divergent, imaginary realms created. A woodshed of breath, brass, earth, flesh, and…wood creates itself, outside of history, outside of temporal concerns, a bound diary of suspended moments, whittled down to a purity of expression without a purity of intent. The surprises come when things even remotely close to traditional (read: human) sax sounds creep through, as if by accident. "Dystonia" is a numbing human-voice-through-saxophone-bell piece whose guttural meanderings have surely been done-over countless times but enter the mythology of the record in a refreshing way here: comfort and assurance in, yes indeed, a human presence and abject terror at how the presence asserts itself. Gross' playing is more sparse on this release than any of the other documents I've heard, though these are his most complex compositions; the intimacy with which he approaches the saxophone, each screw in each latch, every fiber in the reed, every pad or valve, and all the negative space in between, is simply astounding.

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Origami Galaktika, "The Power of Compassion"
Duplicate Records
The Galaktica agent of the multi-faceted, many-membered Origami art collective is one Benny Braaten. You might have encountered him late last year opening for the Legendary Pink Dots on their North American tour. There, he ensconced those smart enough to show up early in drones and ambiance and manically bowed bass guitar strings. At the merchandise table were flyers advertising this forthcoming 7". Soon after the tour I sent off $7 to Norway and about two months later the record (one of 500) arrived. There are two versions of the title track, recorded in Canada and Norway respectively. Version I offers a slow, breathy drone that rises and falls at times into near silence, glass-like chimes gently touching in the distance. The latter half of the track gains new layers of warmth and the twinkles gain friction. Version II is more ominous with a sustained, darker hued hum as subtle trombone notes effectively add to the aura. It's nice, soothing stuff, but with both tracks clocking in at just under five minutes, it really leaves you wanting for more, such as the stunning 'Stjernevandring / Eesti Lilled Silmad Süda' double CD from Norway's Jester Records. The digital format certainly allows Origami Galaktika's music the mammoth track times it deserves.

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