Briggan Krauss

Good Kitty

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Krauss-alto sax, Chris Speed-tenor sax & clarinet and Michael Sarin-drums perform twelve collective improvisations, composers credit on all to Krauss. It's a free wheeling, avant extravaganza with occasional melodic signposts, ethnic inferences and loaded with tangential interplay from these bad cats. At their most rhythmically centered is "MSSM," a dense funk with a well defined melody line displaying true collective improvisation. More circus like is "Inky Stinky" with rollicking counterpoint, while "Wow, You're Kidding" has Sarin playing farcical flexitone, bike horns and other percussion gone goof. There are six improvisations "G.K.," one live, that all display scattered improvisations with varying beats and non-beats, "#1" being low-key, "#3" more rockish, "#4" squawking harmonically prior to Speed's lovely clarinet solo, "#5" swinging a little, and "#8" fluttering and kinetically bouncing. "Painball" starts as a dreamy clarinet led lullaby before moving into distented phrasings, and "Aloha" you'd think would be Hawaiian based, but sounds Balkan with a fast beat and an Ed Blackwell style solo from Sarin. At their best these three are in tune with one another's notions, but it's questionable where everything here is all that musical. Depending on your taste, this is probably for a specialized audience, but there's a definite high level of skill here that is undeniable.

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