dAvid TrAnchinA

Grey Sky (Orenda 0042)

Australian HIFI - - JAZZ TRACK -

This mu­sic de­lights in gen­tly bear­ing us off on oneiric jour­neys past half­heard sounds to­wards im­prob­a­ble des­ti­na­tions. Then, just when your eye­lids are flut­ter­ing and you’re won­der­ing if you’ve just missed a mo­ment, or whether that’s just the way the mu­sic-dream un­folds, it jolts you into harder-edged con­scious­ness with a piece of skim­ming bop called Yotabytes. On his de­but al­bum as leader the LA bassist-com­poser David Tranchina is joined by Gary Fukushima (key­boards), Trevor An­deries (drums) and singer Argenta Walther. The lat­ter makes a strik­ing first en­trance on The Flood, singing word­lessly against a tu­mult that un­winds to a mood close to seren­ity. The open­ing When Will It Rain? be­gins with a Neck­slike pi­ano os­ti­nato, which slack­ens against swish­ing brushes that blur the edges of the sparse, mon­u­men­tal bass notes.

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