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Raskin, Jon Quartet / Jon Raskin Quartet
Album:Jon Raskin Quartet Collection:Jazz
Artist:Raskin, Jon Quartet Added:09/2007
Label:Rastascan Records 

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Add Date:2007-10-14 Pull Date:2007-12-16 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-10-12 
Quartet abstract improv, but often guided by written scores of some sort. This gives the group sound an overall logic or quasi-rhythm, in some cases (1 and 12 are good examples). It's a propulsive and friendly sound overall.

Pieces are short, compact, rarely going past 5 minutes. That might be intentional, trying not to let lengthy improvs dominate the conversation -- or it might be a sign that Raskin's ideas were still formative here, still trying out different voices and strategies to see what fits. Either way, they're nice snippets.

Personnel are all local: Raskin on sax (he's the "R" in ROVA Sax Quartet) and Liz Allbee on the trumpet. George Cremaschi and Gino Robair on bass an drums flesh out the sound.

1- Abstract improv, strong pace. A unified rolling sound early, that's interrupted. Later, more disjoint but still fast
2- Mostly calm improv, starting strong/rough.
3- Chugging little free-jazz groove
4- Improv based on nearly jazzy horn phrases at first.
5- Buzzy, rolling, mid/fast. Becomes a strong abstract brew.
6- Improv, lots of small curly sounds after an opening blare
7- Careful feel. Opens up later.
8- Quiet. Small squiggles of activity, slight metal-ringing sound
9- Slowish feel but brash, still perky. Not quiet.
10- Nicely brash start and end. Floaty middle with nervous undertones.
11- Perky improv, a bit growly. Busy.
12- Bright, perky intro, brassy but small. A singing warble near the end.

Track Listing
1.Cracked Earth 7.Post Card 2
2.Sound Barometer Reading 1 8.Ceilometer Reading
3.African Tulip 9.Post Card 1
4.Swing Sing 10.Bleckner
5.Kandinsky 11.Disdrometer Reading
6.Sound Barometer Reading 2 12.Qupe