Bill Gerhardt

Particular Vernacular

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Despite the personnel listing, trumpeter Dave Douglas and soprano saxophonist David Liebman are only on a few selections, so most of Particular Vernacular features a quartet co-led by pianist Bill Gerhardt and guitarist Pere Soto. Soto's tonal distortions sometimes make the music sound more modern than it actually is although there are sections of fairly free exploration. The performances range from the relatively straight-ahead blues "Born Again" to the extensive and episodic "Reina Reflexia." A spaced-out blues "Particular Vernacular" both opens and closes the consistently stimulating and unpredictable set, one that is well worth checking out and full of subtle surprises.

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