In the 2000s it has become more and more difficult to surprise the free improv fan. Well, Kyle Bruckmann's first solo CD Entymology succeeded in taking critics and listeners off guard. How? Simply because Bruckmann's main instrument is the oboe (he also plays English horn and suona here). The place of double-reed instruments in free improvisation is limited, to say the least. When it comes to solo albums, it's non-existent. Entymology could have been only a curiosity, something exotic-sounding for the improv crowd, but it goes beyond that. It so happens that Kyle Bruckmann is a seasoned improviser with impressive extended techniques (he applies Evan Parker's circular breathing to the oboe) and peculiar artistic flair. These 13 untitled improvisations aren't exercises; in each one of them, the improviser uses many techniques, varies moods, and captivates. Track 11 showcases oboe sounds one usually hears coming out of a sopranino saxophone. At times, the oboist chooses to stick to pure sounds and delivers warm melodies (track four). Entymology is an enchanting experience that expands the possibilities (and the comprehension) of the double-reed family. Strongly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture