Gregg Keplinger / Reuben Radding / Daniel Carter

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Jon Davis, Expose

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This set starts out with a mangled bowed sound from Reuben Radding's bass, more sound effects than notes, joined after a few moments by Daniel Carter's alto sax and Gregg Keplinger's drums. The three wander aimlessly for a bit, then the fog clears and a quick swinging tempo emerges, with Radding providing a busy bottom end, Keplinger simultaneously keeping the beat on the ride cymbal and adding unexpected accents on snare and toms, and Carter ranging far afield, balancing melodicism and angst. I don't know how much planning went into the pieces (all are credited to the trio), but either by design or happenstance, a busy, stuttery drum solo passes by, followed by some fairly chaotic blowing on all parts. The subsequent tracks exhibit a variety of moods, from quiet and mysterious to bouncy and energetic. Keplinger is wide-ranging on the kit, using all resources at his disposal in both conventional and unusual ways, and has a great talent for maintaining a tempo even in the midst of great freedom. Radding really shines on the bass, whether bowed or plucked, and can match the sax's squealing noises with high harmonics and tremolos. The sax caps it all off very nicely, with melodic and atonal playing. For an apparently improvised set, this is quite an enjoyable listen, balancing many elements skillfully.






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