Exquisitely played “chamber progressive music”
TROOT- Tim Root, composer and keyboard/pianist, along with
Steve Ball: Acoustic Guitar
Amy Denio: Saxophone and Accordion
Alex Anthony Faide: Guitar
Beth Fleenor: Clarinets and Voice
Nora Germain: Violin
Bill Horist: Guitar and Prepared Guitar
Alessandro Inolti: Drums
Marco Machera: Bass
Julie Slick: Bass
These musicians are involved with a variety of other bands and musical outfits.
I’d fully intended to review another album entirely
And then I happened across this one. Intrigued, I started listening and was immediately hooked.
I couldn’t shake the movie in my head
No dialogue- in fact no vocals until increasingly frenzied female utterances in ?French? begin lamenting and raging midway through the film…er, album.
Yet I could “see” misty streets, characters in fedoras, headscarves, and trench-coats. It was clearly a tragic love story filled with passion, pathos, and drama.
The heart of the experience was the piano
The stage was set with bold discord at times, or sly simmering arpeggios, descending and ascending like quicksilver. Instrumentation would join and suddenly full band splendor would threaten to break out, only to be side-tracked by a distant accordion, or wailing saxophone.
And was that a baritone sax leading the way for awhile?
Themes appeared, were slightly subverted, then restated
Sometimes there was a near-playful/whimsical air with comical percussion noises and whistling synthesizers.
And, perhaps too rarely, that wistful, wailing violin
Especially in “Venus of the Sky”, and “Hollow By Footsteps”, violin passages shone- heck, all passages, all instrumentation shone. Maybe of necessity the rhythm section was well set back.
Nothing bristled forth, all was blended and part of the whole.
Except for that disturbing, roiling, raging female voice
In “Joey” it started ritualistically, repetitiously- and became full-blown crazed. If this were a movie, someone was not having it- the jilted lover? Can’t tell.
So…what pictures and images did Tim Root have in his head?
Regardless, this is a full-on joy to experience, a finely played, finely captured cinematic musical masterpiece.
Rating: 5 out of 5 berets/fedoras/headscarves