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Bynum, Taylor Ho & Spidermonkey Strings / Madeleine Dreams
Album:Madeleine Dreams Collection:Jazz
Artist:Bynum, Taylor Ho & Spidermonkey Strings Added:09/2009
Label:Firehouse 12 

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Fo
Reviewed 2009-10-25 
TAYLOR HO BYNUM & SPIDERMONKEY STRINGS: Madeleine Dreams
Firehouse 12

AVANT-GARDE – Cornetist Bynum’s interesting group features a string quartet, tuba, guitar and drums, plus vocals. The first 6 tracks of this CD are a suite, with surrealist, poetic dream texts taken from a novel written by Bynum’s sister. The music is itself dreamlike, ethereal and calmly inscrutable. The rest is a tribute to Bynum’s musical heroes.

Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet, flugelhorn
Kyoko Kitamura - voice
Jason Kao Hwang - violin
Jessica Pavone - viola
Tomas Ulrich - cello
Pete Fitzpatrick - guitar
Joseph Daley - tuba
Luther Gray - drums

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 2, 5, 8, 9

1. 1:34 – spoken word and slow, mysterious strings
2. 5:31 – relaxed, quietly padding rhythm, high stretched vocal, soft & sneaky
3. 2:31 – spoken word against chamber strings: tells a brief story
4. 2:48 – cornet & tuba skritch over dissonant strings; brief spoken word
5. 10:20 – longer, wide-ranging piece: follows a twisting dream with dynamic vocal, heavy shifting layers, melodic murmurs and quiet scribbles
6. 1:15 – spoken word; musically reprises #1
7. 4:16 – Ornette Coleman: cornet/tuba/drums; gives way to slow vocal/strings
8. 9:02 – Duke Ellington: atmospheric intro, then ghostly swing; vocal screech!
9. 8:25 – Sun Ra: space guitar, tumult, twisted march: everyone pulls together

[ Fo ] 10/25/09

Track Listing
1.Hush 5.Objects Lost On Journeys
2.Le Petomane 6.Hush (Reprise)
3.Lesson 7.What Reason Could I Give
4.Metamorphosis 8.The Mooche
 9.Angels And Demons At Play