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Bloom Project: Sudden Aurora

We're presented with yet another release from Bloom Project. This is a more recent one (February 2009) and features only the core duo of Rent Romus (alto & soprano saxophones) and Thollem Mcdonas (piano). We're still squarely in an avant-garde/ experimental jazz universe, but it seems to work better as a duo than as a quartet. With only two players exchanging "riffs" (for lack of a better term), there seems to be, in my opinion, a more cohesive synergy. Sure, it still sounds, for the most part, as if the guys are just warming up instead of actually playing, but I find this particular release has more ominous soundscapes. There's more tension created in the numbers, which produces a darker, denser record.

While I'd still categorize this disc in the "you must 'get it' to fully appreciate it" realm, I found it to be a much more interesting, much less nerve-grating affair than their 2006 quartet release. There seems to be a lot less happening simultaneously, and each member of the duo is given ample room to explore myriad musical avenues.

Track Listing:

  1. New Light (3:37)
  2. Radiance (4:39)
  3. In Noontide (5:37)
  4. Intimation Dusk (5:01)
  5. Of Reflection Veil (6:28)
  6. The Phantom Shade (2:53)
  7. Shimmer Towards (4:19)
  8. Sudden Aurora (5:09)
  9. The Sphere Pyre (4:55)
  10. Apparition Of Coruscation (2:50)
  11. Billow Ray Glows (4:21)
  12. Glimmers In The Twilight (0:47)
  13. Shines (3:36)

Added: May 14th 2009
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
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