Title - 'Solar Wind'
Artist - JoŽlle Leandre, Robert Dick & Miya Masaoka
For those not in the know, Solar Wind is a 12-track set of virtuosic collective improvisations with Robert Dick on flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, and piccolo flute; Joelle Leandre on contrabass; and Miya Masaoka on koto and percussion.
Dick and Leandre also punctuate the conversation with their voices on four pieces, as the three come together. Recorded in the studio in NYC in 2018, these quite succinct dialogs that balance abstraction and passionate intention are as unique and as diverse, and as astounding enthralling as anything you have ever heard before, trust me.
1. 'Whispering of the Stars'
2. 'Speed of Silence'
6. 'Prepsychotic Philosophers'
7. 'Blue Fugates'
8. 'Solar Wind'
9. 'On Time's Edge'
10. 'How Old is Your Shadow?'
11. 'Friends of the Sun'
Featuring so rather wondrous, and deeply innovative instrumentational stylings, the first track 'Whispering of the Stars' showcases perfectly what this trio can do. The frenetic 'Speed of Silence' is then backed by the pulsating tribal depth of 'Chronotype' and that in turn is followed by the skittish 'Pagophagia.'
Next up is the melodrama of 'Dinoflagellates' with the stalking, yet quietly pensive 'Prepsychotic Philosophers' and the controlled mania of 'Blue Fugates' along next.
For all intents and purposes, the title track 'Solar Wind' sounds just like you would expect it to, bristling with the use of wood instruments and breathy cycles and that's backed by the aching 'On Time's Edge.'
The sawing buzz of 'How Old is Your Shadow?' is along next and then the album rounds out with the Eastern flavors of 'Friends of the Sun,' before coming to a close on the more steadfast and rounded piece, 'Adiabatic.'
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