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Somewhere Else is in this case Chicago,
This review is from: We Are All From Somewhere Else (Audio CD)
Rob Mazurek's big band free jazz opens up "Sting Ray" with a driving ostinato. Above it, the melodies float back and forth, carried in large part by Nicole Mitchell's flute. After 4 minutes, there's another section to Part 1 which is best described as 'falling' music. Mazurek solos, and then the song goes into a less-driving version of the original ostinato. The overall effect is exhilerating, unsettling, and new. Part 2 is similar to Part 1, and then Part 3 is completely different. Rob Mazurek recorded stingrays in a Brazilian aquarium to help make Part 3. Part 3 is the most free-jazzy part of the album, and I suppose your appreciation for it will depend on whether you prefer tone-colors or melodies. Part 4 is similar to Part 3, but is more melodic, and has a nice, long, flute solo to boot.
There's a relatively short piano interlude in "Black Sun", then it's off to "Cosmic Tones". Part 1 of "Cosmic Tones" is almost alarm-clocky, everyone's playing wake-up music. Part 2 and Part 3 go into distinct melodies, neither is too settling. Part 4 is brief, loud interlude. The album ends with Part 5, a slow, moody piece with more flute soloing.
The overall effect is futuristic retro. This would be great soundtrack music for a spy music set in the 60's where they're using sci-fi gadgets. It's like nothing you've ever heard, but it's familiar.
In summary, this is a very good CD. It sounds like an augmented Chicago Underground CD. Mazurek's trumpet playing is typical (for him), and Nicole Mitchell's flute is another highlight. Jeff Parker's guitar solos are good, and Jeb Bishop gets a good solo in at the beginning.