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Language of Swans by Language of Swans

Language of Swans’ eponymous offering is unusual in it’s sparseness and deceptively tentative tone, though principal Joe Giardullo is no musical wallflower or novice. Having worked extensively with Joe McPhee, the multi-reed player is well versed in the complexities and possibilities of his instruments (alto and soprano saxophones, flute and bass clarinet). That he is ably accompanied by the superb bassist Chris Sullivan and master drummer/percussionist Michael Thompson brings the nuance of each piece that much more brightly to the fore. The overall tone is gentle, quiet and introspective, even in sections where the energy and pulse have quickened. "Early Spring," especially has that deceptive energy level, though the 14 minute-plus title piece sees everyone stretch and explore multiple timbral ranges. While Giardullo scratches the sonic palette, Sullivan elasticizes the strings and Thompson beats thunderous explosions behind before the piece settles into a short-lived quiet that builds slowly to crescendo. Seven extraordinary tracks.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Language of Swans
  • CD Title: Language of Swans
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Drimala
  • Rating: Four Stars
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