is a San Diego-based modern jazz ensemble created and led by David Borgo (saxophone) and Paul Pellegrin (drums). According to the band's web site, the group is "dedicated to the exploration of polymetric time." Being the kinda ignorant folks that we are (not knowing the meaning of such a word)...we decided to look this one up. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary polymetric
means "relating to, exhibiting, involving, or employing a variety of meters." After spinning this album, we certainly see how the word fits. These compositions are complex, unorthodox, and unpredictable. And yet, they manage to retain strong melodies and a pure sense of direction. Smart stuff, most likely played with thinking listeners in mind. In addition to Borgo and Pellegrin, this album also features the talents of Ben Schachter (tenor saxophone), John Fumo (trumpet, flugelhorn), Anthony Smith (vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel), Peter Sprague (nylon-string guitar), Paul Garrison (electric guitar and effects), and Andy Zacharias (contrabass). In addition, four guest artists (Michael Dessen, Emily Hay, Brad Dutz, Mark Dresser) play on the title track. Entangled is the second full-length release from Kronomorfic and it should please a wide cross section of jazz music fans. The playing is precise and impeccable...while sounding spontaneous and inspired. Modern jazz and improvisational music sure is alive and well in California these days. And mentally engaging ensembles like Kronomorfic are helping to solidify that fact.