Cometa (Kassin) —
Cometa ... LP Nublu, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
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A totally wonderful project from the mad musical world of Brazilian genius Kassin – a set of all-instrumental tracks by the group Cometa – a combo who seem equally at home in the worlds of jazz and funk, as they do in a much wider territory of music, too! The record bristles with so many elements at once, each new track seems to be a fresh surprise – as the group will slide into moments that echo older soundtracks, or surf instrumentals, or even some of the more contemporary modes that Kassin has given us in his projects of the past decade or so – but fused into a more live, spontaneous energy by this group! The lineup includes lots of excellent keyboard lines and guitar work (the latter from Kassin), plus drums and guitar – yet despite these familiar elements, the overall sound is quite unique, and very fresh. Titles include "Jogada Senil", "Marini Squad", "Antenna", "Ashes", "Troy", "Liquid Jesus", "Bad Weather", and "Double Dip". LP, Vinyl record album
Finnish reedman Mikko Innanen works here with American jazz giants William Parker on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums – but in setting that definitely has Mikko holding his own! Innanen plays alto, baritone, and other reed instruments – often with a style that's surprisingly soulful, and very spiritual – stepping out over the work of Cyrille and Parker with a quality that almost takes us back to the New York loft jazz years of the 70s! Parker really adds a lot of depth to the record on the first CD – then steps out to allow for interplay between Cyrille and Innanen on the second CD, which is the longer "Songs For This Decade" suite. Other titles include "The End Is A Beginning", "See You At 103", "Blue In Nublu", "Small & Big Steps", and "A Morning A Day A Night". CD