Bob Marsh

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Co-Lage Review

by Steve Loewy

Two little-known musicians with some big ideas collaborate to create some exceptionally exciting tracks. Bob Falesch performs on something called a metaPiano, which sounds very much like an ordinary piano. No matter. His rapid fire style that relies on clumps of sound and frenetic delivery effectively magnifies the keyboards into swirls of energy. Unlike some others in this genre of freestyle jazz, Falesch knows when to tone down the heat, and the superior results are like pin balls on speed, sometimes mitigated by speed bumps. The pianist's partner, Bob Marsh, is equally effective on flute and cello (and occasional voice), and serves as an effective foil. The cello pounces on the pianist's openings, with flits of activity, while the more melodic, though no less subversive, flute glides above the storm. Falesch selectively adds electronics, which intensify the distortions. None of the nine tracks fails to deliver, and this modest, if adventurous, duo should satisfy the most demanding connoisseurs of free improvisation.

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