Crows and Motives

by Kaplan/Merega/Moffett

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A fascination with traditional counterpoint applied to contemporary improvisation is the departure point from which theis trio explores textures of 16th century polyphony through a microtonal jazz. The hidden source, Josquin’s "Missa L’homme armé," is abstracted in slipping glimpses of melancholy strains and dynamic unisons. Featuring Noah Kaplan (saxophones); Giacomo Merega (electric bass); and Joe Moffet (trumpet).

In his liner notes, Dan Trueman describes the players’ contemporary translation of traditional modes: “These tracks…seem to pry open the suspension, making it wider, longer, deeper—imagine we have been given a sonic microscope so we can focus in on the tiny spaces between musical tones, and a time machine so we can slow these tones down and take the time to fully inspect them… As the crow dives down to take a closer look, the tiny cracks along the tectonic seam—the little bits of earth that keep the plates from sliding—reveal their beautiful details… and their frictional significance.”

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released July 16, 2014

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