Trombonist J.A. Deane has released very few albums as a leader or solo artist. One can't help but wonder why, especially on account of his wonderful SoLoDiNo. Recorded live in 1998 and 1999 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, these pieces pick up where his Disques Victo release, Nomad, left off. That is to say there is very little trombone heard (or at least distinguishable) here. The previous album saw Deane working in the studio, crafting new age-y ambient pieces. Things are more immediate this time, and more daring too. His live setup includes his trombone hooked to an arsenal of electronics, plus a sampler and standing waves. The listening remains in an ambient vein, but things get a lot less comfortable. Soundscapes are constantly perturbed by gloomy sounds, possibly originating from the trombone, although no one can be sure. Deane builds up thick textures that let a beat arise only very occasionally. He sustains the listener's interest throughout the 28-minute title track. If "Dream Time" is more gentle, "Crosscurrents" makes a great disquieting finale with its wailing electric guitar sounds (or is it the trombone again?). Actually, the album does evoke the work of ambient guitarists instead of trombonists: Peter Frohmader, Richard Pinhas, even David Torn's What Means Solid, Traveller? SoLoDiNo was released on the small independent label Zerx, based in New Mexico. It may be almost impossible to find, but it is well worth the effort.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture