speak

Speak

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Gwendolyn Elliott, City Arts

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Seattle free jazz quintet Speak hasn't been around a while ? the group just formed in 2008 ? but that hasn't kept them from attracting attention. They're the newest signers to local jazz label Origin Records and have lined up gigs from clubs in New York to jazz festivals in Europe. Their six track debut of original compositions is a 45 minute progressive jazz art piece. Cuong Vu ? whose smooth, improvisational trumpet work has appeared alongside Pat Metheny, David Bowie and Cibo Matto ? brings a seasoned finesse to the recording, offset by technical skills brought forth by four younger members. Album highlights include: "Polypockets," a syncopated frenzy of manic sax, precision percussion and heavy handed keys; "Pure Hatred," a jarring shudder of schismatic, flowing jazz; and "Litany Split," featuring Vu's feather light trumpet. It's studied, moody music. Speak has arrived with something to say.






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