Robbie Lee & Lea Bertucci: Winds Bells Falls (Telegraph Harp, 2022)

February 18, 2022 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Robbie Lee & Lea Bertucci: Winds Bells Falls

On this album, Robbie Lee played woodwinds, celeste, and tubular chimes, while Lea Bertucci manipulated Lee’s playing in real time using reel-to-reel tape machines. The pieces with celeste sound like lullabies morphing into feverish hallucinations, sometimes doing playful loop-de-loops and other times drifting far past your eyelids into the haunted side of the night, as on the 8-minute creeper “Bags, Boxes, and Bubbles”. “Division Music” is apparently played on a gemshorn, which is in the ocarina family, but it sounds like a choir of radioactive owls playing some sort of hide and seek game. “Azimuth” is similar but even rawer, stretching the sounds of a contrabass recorder out to 11 minutes, and also coming as close to free jazz as this album gets. “Somebody Dream” is just a short, pleasant bit of peppermint candy to send you off into slumberland.

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