Abrams, Josh / Cipher
Album: Cipher   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Abrams, Josh   Added:Nov 2003
Label:Delmark Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-01-05 Pull Date: 2004-03-08 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 7 Feb 15 Jan 11
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 04, 2016: Everything A to Z week 37
Neb Nimaj Nero
3. Feb 13, 2004: Memory Select
Mental Politician
2. Mar 05, 2004: Memory Select
Background Beneath
4. Jan 09, 2004: Memory Select
Calamities Break

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-01-04
A mix of composed tracks and purely abstract improvisations. Kind of a slow feel overall, with some extra energy on tracks like 1 and 7.

Doesn't always tread the jazz line; even the composed tracks venture into noise-oriented territory, thanks largely to Dorner's fondness for making mechanical wind-tunnel sounds from his trumpet.

Those seeking "normal" jazz might be pleased with track 7. Noise fans should head straight to #4.

2- Long tones, a glacial composition. Be patient.
3- Very slow, gentle. Gets quiet.
5- Slow, melodic, with abstract segment
7*- Mid/fast; spritely and swingy
9*- Perky, w/slow sparse soloing
10- Slow, pretty, lush

1*- A healthy fast pace after a slow start
4- Nonmusical growling, fierce in spots. Opens with slow whines.
6- Slow chaotic clutter; choppy "improv" feel
8*- Quiet, slinking; quite musical sounding

Track Listing
1. Mental Politician   6. No Theory
2. And See   7. Background Beneath
3. Neb Nimaj Nero   8. First Tune that Night
4. Cipher   9. Space Modulator
5. Calamities Break   10. For Sk