Mark Springer

Circa Rip Rig + Panic

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EXIT/PHD. CD/DL Mer­cu­ri­ally gifted pian­ist’s com­pan­ion piece to last year’s Rip Rig + Panic Pi­ano So­los. Mark Springer’s de­ter­mined dig­ging in the vaults un­der­scores his range. Equally at home play­ing off-the-wall punk, freeform jazz or min­i­mal­ist avant-garde, the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor is his pas­sion for dy­namic “in the mo­ment” im­pro­vi­sa­tions, un­bound from clas­si­cal ties that bind. Largely recorded us­ing stu­dio down­time for 1983’s third Rip Rig + Panic al­bum At­ti­tude along­side sax­o­phon­ist David ‘Flash’ Wright and bassist/cel­list Sean Oliver, Springer’s lightly-worn ver­sa­til­ity re­mains acute across Sakura’s two suc­cinct move­ments, sub­tly shift­ing from 4/4 to 5/4 time on the febrile Fuji Fuji be­fore flip­ping wigs amid the honk­ing thrust of Three­vo­lu­tion and squeal­ing Oh Lone­some Train. Else­where, a haunt­ing, su­per husky duet with Nico meshes with re­flec­tive so­los that evince both Michael Ny­man and Keith Jar­rett. Andy Cowan

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