Totem>: Blooming Ore
Solar Forge (ESP Disk 4046)
Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar),
Tom Blancarte (bass), Andrew Drury (drums).
Composed by Bruce Eisenbeil, Tom Blancarte & Andrew Drury.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, August 5, 2007
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Don't think of this as a quarter-hour of chaos. Totem> deals in improvisation that rides the very edge of human perception, a kind of near-instance call and response. Bruce Eisenbeil's guitar and Andrew Drury's drums lock in early, swirling around each other as the thoughts form, explode and vaporize. Mid-song, the mood darkens as Eisenbeil begins whipping around a circular figure that recalls Philip Glass in a very bad mood. Later on, Andrew Drury steps in with some bowed bass that that responds to Eisenbeil's molten metal guitar feedback. Your ears will hear the musical ideas crystallize.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski