If and Only If: Neccesary and Sufficient Conditions - Volume I

by Leap Of Faith

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    Review By Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
    LEAP OF FAITH - If and Only If (vol.1) ... Necessary and Sufficient Conditions (Evil Clown 9067; USA) Featuring the regular quartet: Dave PEK on reeds, metal & game calls, Glynis Lomon on cello & voice, Steve Norton on clarinets & saxes, Yuri Zbitnov on drums plus Dave Harris on trombone & tuba and Syd Smart on drums & metal. This disc was recorded at the Lily Pad in Cambridge in June of 2015. Besides the regular members of the Leap of Faith quartet, the other name here you might remember of drummer Syd Smart who has been around a long while and has worked with Frank Wright, Raphe Malik and Ted Daniel. Leap of Faith make each set special by taking their time, listening closely and conversing like friendly spirits. This disc begins with what sounds like distant sirens (a passing ambulance perhaps?) and evolves from there. Ms. Lomon takes the first unaccompanied cello solo, the forces bristling, before the rest of ensemble erupts. Dave Peck's double reeds, Mr. Norton's sax or clarinets, Ms. Lomon's cello, Mr. Harris' trombone and bother/either drummers interact and erupt at times, crazed spirits being set free. There is the occasional weird vocal bits here and there which are brief and always fit just right. Escapees from a loony bin or just musicians who need to be set free..? There are tow long sets here clocking in at around 70 minutes total. Can Leap of Faith do it again?!? You bet they can and do! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG ... more

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Evil Clown 9067
Lily Pad
Cambridge MA


released June 19, 2015

PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, aquasonic, metal, games calls, voice (1,2)
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice (1,2)
Steve Norton - clarinets, saxophones, metal (2)
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, voice (2)
Sydney Smart - drums, metal (1)
David Harris - trombone, tuba (1)



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Leap Of Faith Boston, Massachusetts

Leap of Faith is a long-term collaboration active from 1993 to 2001 and resuming in 2015 between Glynis Lomon (cello, voice) and PEK (clarinets, saxes, double reeds, voice) with various other regulars (Mark McGrain trombone, Craig Schildhauer bass, Yuri Zbitnov drums, James Coleman theremin, Steve Norton saxes, clarinets) + many guests. Pure improv with little or no planning prior to performance ... more

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