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The Dec­la­ra­tion of Mu­si­cal In­de­pen­dence ★★★★★ ECM

In his per­cep­tive sleeve note, New York jazz broad­caster Ben Young uses the phrase “jel­ly­fish mo­tion” to de­scribe the el­lip­ti­cal, elon­gated grooves of leg­endary avant garde drum­mer An­drew Cyrille’s new quar­tet record­ing, his first as a leader for the ECM la­bel. Sure, there is pur­pose and in­tent in the group’s floaty, at­ten­u­ated im­pro­vi­sa­tions, but the loose, ir­reg­u­lar rhythms are buoyed along and buf­feted by deeper, less dis­cernible cur­rents, car­ried up from the mu­sic’s ocean depths. Bassist Ben Street and key­boardist Richard Teit­el­baum weave in and out of the leader’s enig­matic phras­ing while, above it, gui­tarist Bill Frisell – a master of this vast and liq­uid space – drops shafts of mu­si­cal light that il­lu­mi­nate Cyrille’s gor­geous, am­bigu­ous grooves. prop­er­mu­

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