Many hued musical conversations Brian Kastan, Juini Booth, Leo Genovesse, George Spanos – Conversation Colors

Many hued musical conversations

Many hued musical conversations Brian Kastan, Juini Booth, Leo Genovesse, George Spanos – CONVERSATION COLORS:   If you’re not a musician, the concept of many hued musical conversations may not resonate with you right away… the only way to grok what they are talking about is to watch and listen to what they do… here’s a little peek at some live action between George and Brian…

Some of our readers may not know that your reviewer got his start in improvised music, and that the thrust of his original magazine was on improv and experimental music… if you liked what you saw above, it’s a MUST that you SUBSCRIBE to the Brian Kastan YouTube channel, so you can enjoy all the other performances posted there.

The three musicians who play with Brian on this enchanting excursion into the wonders of players who can “speak together” are geniuses in their own right… bassist Juini Booth has played with jazz giants like McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams and even Sun Ra; Leo Genovese is a master keyboardist who has been on bills with “big names” like Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock… and drummer George Spanos has played with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, among others… as you listen to the amazing opener, “Spectrum“, you will hear (and feel) just how beautiful their intricate dialogues can be… the 16:48 gem starts off in a slow exploratory mode, gradually engaging each player in intimate expressions from deep inside of them.  This piece may be a little “long” for radio, but I predict that it will be getting MANY spins from DJ’s in the experimental and improv zone!

One of the most intriguing aspects of these improvisations is the many-hued palette the players paint images for you with… on the beautiful “Colors of my Alpha Waves“, you are treated to the full breadth and depth of the wavelengths in the spectrum as the instruments dip their musical brushes deeply to blend amazing new shades for you.

The frenetic atmosphere created by the quartet on the closer, “I Will Meet You There“, is about as jazzy as jazz can get, folks… GREAT keyboard work and flawless recording make this release a MUST HAVE in any true improvised music fans library!

You will realize immediately that you (really and truly) need to experience this sonic journey with your headphones on… as I listened to Leo’s subtle keyboard on “I’d Rather Look At The Clouds“, many memories of improvised musical speaking I had with players like LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams came flooding back for me… though it only clocks in at 7:22, it is my personal favorite of the seven songs offered up.

I give Brian and the rest of the quartet a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99.  Get more information on Brian’s BandCamp page for the album.                                    Rotcod Zzaj

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