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Plunge - IN for the OUT (2014)

17-08-2015, 11:27
Music | Jazz | FLAC / APE

Plunge - IN for the OUT (2014)

Artist: Plunge
Title Of Album: IN for the OUT
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Immersion Records & Media
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 68:55 min
Total Size: 160 / 415 MB
WebSite: Album Preview


01 The Jilt
02 Monkey Mitts
03 Schoolie's Day
04 Falling With Grace
05 The Speed Of Darkness
06 Second Man Suit
07 As Angels Roar
08 Beyond The Night
09 Exit Strategy
10 Hymn To The End Of Rampant Disparity, Entropy Suite Part 1
11 Bear And Eagle Meet Raven, Entropy Suite Part 2
12 Too Weak To Exhale, Entropy Suite Part 3
13 With Love Alone, Entropy Suite Part 4
14 Birmingham Songo
15 An Unspannable Divide

Mark McGrain: trombone and alphorn;
Robert Walter: organ;
Kirk Joseph: sousaphone;
Simon Loft: drums and electronic percussion;
Tom Fitzpatrick: tenor saxophone and flute;
James Singleton: double bass;
Tim Green: saxello and baritone saxophone;
Misha Kachkachishvalli: audio recording and production

Most of the work on this disc is recent, but represents a sound design that might never be the same again. The group has lost Tim Green the baritone saxophonist and saxello player who was very instrumental in shaping the sound of Plunge, with bold declarative aural proclamations and while Mr. McGrain will no doubt continue to be the lead writer or only writer for the band, its character may have changed forever. But the music is an also an organic development of earlier Plunge music and for this as well as other reasons it will retain its ability to regenerate into something uniquely new almost as if it were a living, breathing biological organism, which is quite the most wonderful aspect of the ensemble.

This does not mean that we have to be forlorn. Everything here suggested that the music of Plunge remains wonderfully accessible, yet never merely historical and academic or reactionary. Quite the contrary the revolutionary elements come together in repertoire that agilely combines trenchant virtuosity with keen lyricism. It is a telling study in cumulative momentum, offers a pertinent take on fast-slow-fast trajectory with its discrete New Orleans inflections and yet takes its cue from an every-growing world of contrapuntal writing for jazz and other contemporary ensembles, to make music that is eloquent and an exquisitely purposeful workout for its musicians.

In For The Out is one long and serpentine movement broken up by the requisite pauses for realignment, a brief but mesmerising detour into the angular world of music which is aptly named “Entropy Suite”, a longer piece of dark and light colours, which thermostatic nature is not only brilliantly spins out of the composition, but also gives it that hot-cold-hot character. There are virtuoso presents for each of the performers, almost as if the music was written and dedicated to the individual’s unique sound. Considerable gifts are paid back to Mark McGrain by his musicians in each and every solo and ensemble interaction. All of this by six musicians who come together with Mr. McGrain to make this one of the ensembles most intriguing and rewarding recording to date.

The vividness and pungency of the music lends a myriad of hues that the music brings to light. Its opening chords are lent a particularly dark hue, which isn’t all about pitch, yet the music soon awakes from these shadowy opening bars to signal a greater intimacy rather than accentuate the melodies crepuscular leanings. The dialogue between Mark McGrain’s brass and the winds, bass and drums maintains its singular agility, which has less to do with speed and more to do with timbre. And despite the necessarily darting accents of the instruments, there is a certain flowing tempo that is most affecting. This is meticulously articulated music which places emphasis on the glorious sound of beauty in one quite memorable disc.

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