Pseudorandom Generators

by Leap Of Faith

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    Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
    LEAP OF FAITH With PEK / CHARLIE KOHLHASE/ GLYNIS LOMON / YURI ZBITNOV - Pseudorandom Generators (Evil Clown 9119; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, saxes, double-reeds, aquasonic, game calls, etc; Charlie Kohlhase on alto, tenor & bari saxes; Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion. The original core quartet for Leap of Faith was/is PEK, Glynis Lomon, Steve Norton and Yuri Zbitnov. Recently Steve Norton has moved leaving PEK, Lomon and Zbitnov to work with different guests. For this disc, the core trio works with longtime Boston-based saxist Charlie Kohlhase who has worked with the Either/Orchestra, John Tchicai, the Mandala Octet and has a number of swell records as a leader. Mr. Kohlhase is a veteran of the Boston progressive jazz scene. One of the things I dig most about Leap of Faith is that they sought out a number of Beantown veterans like Syd Smart and the Fringe. This quartet version of Leap of Faith is compact: focused and fortified. The interplay the two reedmen is consistently inspired and probing. Somewhere between the Art Ensemble of Chicago (small instruments, whistles & metals) and Euro Free/jazz/improv is what we have here. Cellist Lomon and percussionist Zbitnov are some sort cosmic rhythm team. When Mr. Kohlhase switches to alto sax midway, he adds a bluesy element to the usually further out interaction. Soon both reeds begin bending their notes inside-out, around and with each other with equally shrewd shifting strings and eerie rubbed, bowed and manipulated cymbals & drums. This disc is an entire 70+ minute set, long yet consistently engaging. At times, it is hard to tell who is playing each sound as all four members acoustically manipulate their sound. From somber to stimulating to mind-blowing!- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG ... more

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Evil Clown 9119
17 September 2016
Outpost 186
Cambridge MA


released September 18, 2016

- PEK - clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, dulzaina, contrabassoon, sheng, bass tromboon, aquasonic, siren, game calls, goat horn, fog horns, metal
- Charlie Kohlhase - alto, tenor and baritone saxophones
- Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
- Yuri Zbitnov - drums, crotales, metal, wood



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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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