• Christopher Icasiano - Provinces ****½

    14 days ago - By Free Jazz

    By Gregg Daniel Miller
    I had to listen to this record for months before I could write about it. It's that different. Percussion solo records are an interesting breed, and this one doesn't remind me of anything.
    Icasiano's percussiveness is all about the pacing and grouping of the beats. Clusters, clusters, driving and then receding, with crisscross patterns emerging from the maelstrom. Psychedelic. Disorienting. There is no “one,” and while everything is on repeat, nothing is repeated. There are footpedals or pads which provide a counter-sonority to the stick work, so the patterned...
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