Brian Charette: Missing Floor


Missing Floor


Brian Charette (organ)


Missing Floor (Dim Mak)

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Brian Charette (organ),

Jochen Ruekert (drums)


Composed by Brian Charette


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, April 3, 2008


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

As everyone knows, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But if we all took that route the world would be a mighty boring place. Organist Brian Charette is one guy who eschews straight lines. Good for us. Charette and drummer Jochen Ruekert have a death grip on the thick groove that supports "Missing Floor." Charette gets it going with a hypnotic walking bassline. Ruekert's brush work is fantastic. At some point he adds a tabla, or facsimile sound. This takes us even farther into the mantra that the duo has developed. We are now firmly stuck in its vortex. I must say that Charette and Ruekert are playing some of the most intriguing and compelling music I have heard of late.

Let's get back to that "straight line" metaphor. Charette plays either the note before the one you'd expect or the one after. It reminds me of my daughter telling me to stay on the same color tile at the mall no matter how far her aging daddy has to jump, or to avoid the cracks in the concrete so as to not to break my mother's back. Charette does the jumping and he plays the cracks. There are no straight lines for him.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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