Circa Rip Rig + Panic
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