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Friday, March 8, 2013

Black Motor

Rubidium (TUM Records)

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Finland is home to a flourishing circle of improv jazz musicians. The latest CD from that floating cadre opens in fractured waltz time; one could imagine a couple, weary from sleeplessness and liqueur, dancing clumsily around the tiny floor of a broken-down café. Likewise, the smudges of brass and abstract grooves elsewhere on Rubidium are in search of familiar melody and rhythm as well as the silent spaces in between sounds.