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Language by Daniel Carter and Gregg Keplinger and Rueben Radding

This free jazz exploration is packed with dynamic twists and turns that challenge the most adventurous ears. Alto player Carter, bassist Radding and the explosive drummer Keplinger offer a five song program that invigorates.

The fluid and explosive opener "Speak Glow" sees Keplinger pistoning the drum set while Carter and Radding move everything out of his way. As exciting as this nine minute-plus opener is, it is the source of the highest intensity on the disc.

The nearly 20-minute title cut begins in relative peace and builds slightly in fire before fading into an almost Mingus-ish bit of mild cacophony. Radding’s fading arco then serves as a lead in to the brief landscape of "Aphasia." "Never 3 Sunday" is 13 minutes of introspective work that highlights Carter’s warm tone. By the closing "Roadrunner," some of the fire from the opener returns, with the trio working at a slightly less hectic, though equally compelling pace.

This is not music for the weak of heart or ear. This is an aural journey that is both colorful and rough hewn. Beautifully executed and brilliantly played.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Daniel Carter and Gregg Keplinger and Rueben Radding
  • CD Title: Language
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: OriginArts
  • Tracks: Speak Glow, Language, Aphasia, Never 3 Saturday, Roadrunner
  • Musicians: Daniel Carter (saxophone) Reuben Radding (bass) Gregg Keplinger (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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