Big Weather

Jeff Greinke

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Big Weather Review

by Jim Brenholts

Big Weather is a step out of Jeff Greinke's paradigm. There are still plenty of deep atmospheres that border on extreme darkness. Greinke adds some overt rhythms to the mix and gets a different sound. He also uses a completely unexpected instrument to help build the soundscape -- a trombone. Hard as it may be to believe, Greinke's mix includes a synthesizer, sequenced rhythms, guitars, and a trombone. He processes and manipulates the guitar and the trombone to the point where they are almost unrecognizable. Deep listeners, tipped off with the clue, will recognize the wail of the trombone and the twang of the guitars. Greinke's sound design expertise pulls the soundscapes together into a delightful and quirky package. This disc will appeal to fans of Tom Heasley, David Sylvian, Holger Czukay, and Robert Fripp. It is a quirky and essential disc.

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