Bruno Raberg: Elegy
Bruno Raberg (bass)
Lifelines (Orbis OM0508)
Ben Monder (guitar), Matt Wilson (drums).
Composed by Bruno Raberg.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, January 26-27, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The ominous tones at the start of "Elegy" have an almost industrial quality, as if a metal grinder had been pressed against a rusty truss in an old abandoned warehouse. In fact, as the attack-less guitar forms glide in, with the bowed bass adding further sinister accents, it seems likely that the composition might remain in that echo-laden building. But when Chris Cheek's saxophones enter the story, things change: the angles soften, and the band in its entirety begins to follow and comment on the horn's romantic and pensive melody. Gone is the sense of doom, replaced by hope and beauty. It's a simple and elegant transformation.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski