Thursday, July 7, 2016

Recording: Endangered Blood

Artist: Endangered Blood

Songs: unknown* + Faces and Places [composer: Ornette Coleman]

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (The Music Gallery's Departures Series), June 28, 2016.

Endangered Blood - unknown

Endangered Blood - Faces and Places

This group (Chris Speed, tenor sax/clarinet; Oscar Noriega, alto sax/bass clarinet; Jim Black, percussion; Trevor Dunn, double bass) is a quartet of noteworthy American underground players with plenty of time served in weird-rock groups like Mr. Bungle and Melvins Lite. The vibe here is more straight-ahead jazz, but their whole set was filled with punk-inspired verve. But even their moments of frenzied shredding couldn't obscure the locked-in top-notch interplay that tied together everything they did. Original pieces from their pair of albums were joined by some dips into the standards, from a fairly reverent take on Monk's "Epistrophy" to the blazing Ornette tune they closed with, complete with Black's drum'n'bass blast beats.

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