Brooklyn avant jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader Andrew Drury banishes all other musicians and roughly 80 percent of his drum set from the studio on 2015's The Drum, an album he recorded over 2013-2014 using only a floor tom and various implements including a faucet plate, aluminum sheet, and shish kabob skewer -- but no electronics, although listeners with untrained ears might swear otherwise. A companion album to the quartet date Content Provider, The Drum features a wild array of roaring, droning, singing, pitch-shifting, and braying ("Aluminum Donkey Dance") sounds, hardly ever identifiable as emanating from a floor tom. An album to amaze your friends, frighten your neighbors, and demonstrate that pretty much anything is possible in the world of creative improvised music.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Lynch