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Vu, Cuong 4-Tet / Leaps Of Faith
Album:Leaps Of Faith Collection:Jazz
Artist:Vu, Cuong 4-Tet Added:03/2011
Label:Origin Records 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2011-03-13 
CUONG VU 4-TET: Leaps of Faith
Origin, 2011

AVANT/MODERN JAZZ – With Cuong Vu at the helm, you know it’s gonna be adventurous. His quartet – trumpet, two electric basses and drums – has a spooky, dreamlike quality that hints at Miles Davis in the covers but takes an audacious post-rock/grunge stance in the original tunes. The basses in particular keep things off balance, creating eerie soundscapes, settling into jazzy rhythms only to melt them down to ooze, or smothering Vu’s echoing horn in pure noise. Vu usually sticks to original material, but this CD has three standards (1-3), plus Beatles, Jackson Browne(!) covers.

Cuong Vu : trumpet
Stomu Takeishi, Luke Bergman : electric bass
Ted Poor : drums

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 5, 8 … or 7 for the full treatment

1. 5:48 – reverb atmosphere, trumpet is slow & lonely, brief thumping breakout
2. 7:43 – upbeat groove: melodic trumpet, twitchy drums & strange spectral tones
3. 6:21 – dragging ballad, spare at first; burbling sounds rise up, serene bass solo
4. 4:52 – rocking with a heavy dose of Seattle grunge; unsettling, becomes chaotic
5. 12:16 – slow, oozing jam: drifting improv layers pile up & melt, dives into rock
6. 7:22 – Beatles ballad taken very slowly: moody backing rises to engulf trumpet
7. 15:09 – splintered intro, then thick sludge: steady trumpet gives way to bubbling mass, which surges into an agitated wall of noise before trudging home
8. 9:30 – relaxed, melodic trumpet & bass/drum patter, builds to mania, falls back

[ Fo ] 03/13/11

Track Listing
1.Body And Soul 5.Child-Like (For Vina)
2.All The Things You Are 6.Something
3.My Funny Valentine 7.I Shall Never Come Back
4.Leaps Of Faith 8.My Opening Farewell