Braced & Framed

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A tight and exciting group that combines electronics with sharply performed acoustical instruments, Lunge provides unusual colors formed from a wondrous world of creative improvisation. Trombonist Gail Brand is the dominant voice. She favors the mid to lower registers and an effective use of plunger mutes to plummet the depths with an outrageously earthy tone and original, fluid style. Brand growls and sputters her way over abstract stimulating landscapes that dig at her constructs. The trombonist has developed an original and effective approach that incorporates gutbucket techniques transposed to modern concepts. Framed against the electronics of Pat Thomas, Phil Durrant, and Mark Sanders' explosive percussion, plus Durrant's violin and Thomas' keyboards, there is an orchestral quality of little sounds that rarely subsides. The music moves fleetingly with a light consistency that changes directions slowly but firmly, though the tension only occasionally releases. There is an exploratory quality that permeates, as the electronics surges and falls, with the trombone filling in the cracks.

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