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Matt Chamberlain/Brian Haas: Prometheus Risen *

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Chamberlain, a revered drummer who has appeared on recordings with Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Morrissey, Mike Gordon, Of Montreal, Marco Benevento, David Bowie and Herbie Hancock, among countless others, fully embraced the idea of exploring freely in the studio with Haas who, in addition to his solo work, tours with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Nolatet.

Together on 'Prometheus Risen,' Chamberlain and Haas have present spontaneous composition at its finest. Chamberlain underscores pieces like "Space Colonization," "Orange Purple Sunshine" and "African Crowley" with his signature huge groove, while also providing a rainbow of colors throughout by thinking orchestrally from behind the kit with his sampling/looping skills. Haas' melodious, fuzz inflected electric keyboard motifs (tweaked with Space Echo), alternately cascading and minimalist piano flourishes and deep dub bass-lines drives numbers like "Less Munitions," "More Mentations" and "Cosmic Vision." "Ancestral Availability" has Haas on piano and Moog bass going toe-to-toe with Chamberlain's controlled bashing in a manner that might recall Cecil Taylor's historic duet encounters with Max Roach. That adventurous, suite-like "Holding Deckard's Hand" melds cascading piano against an eerie ambient backdrop and throbbing backbeats, while "Intelligence Intensification" opens like a revved-up rocker and closes like a kinetic outtake from Philip Glass' 'Einstein on the Beach.'


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