Reviews that mention Liz Albee

August 6, 2015

Bogan Ghost

Zerfall
Relative Pitch Records RPR 1021

Natsuki Tamura/Alexander Frangenheim

Nax

Creative Sources CS 280 CD

Slippery as the terms may be, labeling these trumpet plus low-strings duos as “avant-garde” or “experimental sounds” confirms that the programs wouldn’t be what you would get from a duet of Doc Cheatham and Major Holley or even Nat Adderley and Sam Jones. Like fun house mirror reflections, the meetings between Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and German bassist Alexander Frangenheim on Nax or American trumpeter Liz Albee and Australian cellist Anthea Caddy on Zerfall both eschew song forms to deal with the instruments’ capacity to generate unique, unspecified sounds. Yet the expanded parameters of one are such that the program almost makes the other CD appear to be as conventional as a pop single by Taylor Swift. MORE