Rob Mazurek: Alternate Moon Cycles LP (International Anthem Recording Company, 2014)

February 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rob Mazurek: Alternate Moon Cycles LP

Rob Mazurek: Alternate Moon Cycles LP

In contrast to his phenomenal, explosive album last year with Black Cube SP, this is a more stripped-down, meditative Mazurek. This piece is entitled “Waxing Crescent”; there is also a “Waning Crescent” available on cassette. This is minimalist drone, with droning organ, softly pulsing electric bass notes, and a single cornet note being played for relaxed, extended lengths. There’s also some gentle talking and clatter in the background, as if people are having breakfast in the background. The second side (the one with a white label) is similar but with a lower note played on the cornet, so it has a slightly darker, less relaxing feel, but a few more bass guitar notes enter the orbit. Towards the end he breaks through and plays a much more expressive, melodic solo, which elevates the piece a bit from its purely meditative state.

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