Brahvar Large Ensemble

Absolute Substance

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Straight-up group improvisation from this nine-piece ensemble who hails from Atlanta, GA, and records on the CD-R label from the Eyedrum Music and Art Gallery in that city. This is the underground, folks: hand-done, homemade, and in-your-face improvisation by a group of cultural terrorists who know what they're doing. This ensemble -- containing reeds, two drummers, an upright bassist, violin, a pianist, an electric guitarist, and a vocalist -- understands the meaning of the words "group interplay." As near as one can tell, Absolute Substance is a 46-minute study of tonal value and how its center is continually displaced in the interaction between micro and polytones. Here, semi-quavers get hooked by overtones and rich harmonic weaves and become something totally other. Meanwhile, the rhythmic element in this band is trying to channel all that sound into something you can move to, and they succeed about halfway through when the composition shifts from an avant-improv fest to a funky nourish orgy of post-boplicity. This is great, and it's one of at least four recordings by the band.

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