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Glynis Lomon Photos

Sid Smart Photos

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Craig Schildhauer Photos

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Laurence Cook Photos

Laurence Cook Photos

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PEK Photos

Subspace - Part I - Image

Quintet Movement - PEK, Glynis Lomon, Mark McGrain, 

                                    Craig Schildhauer, Sid Smart

Mark McGrain Photos

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Review of Alternate Takes by Bruce Lee Gallanter,

                  Downtown Music Gallery


LEAP OF FAITH [PEK/GLYNIS LOMON et al] - Linear Combinations And Transformations: The Alternative Takes (Evil Clown 9037; USA) Featuring:   PEK [Dave Peck] - saxes, clarinets, bassoon, Glynis Lomon - cello, voice, Mark McGrain - trombone, brass, Craig Schildhauer - bass (2 tracks), Rob Bethel - cello (1 track), Forest Larson - viola (1 track) and Sydney Smart or Laurence Cook - drums (1 track each, 1 track with no drums). This disc consists of three long pieces recorded in October of 1996 at Killian Hall at MIT in Cambridge, MA. This is an altered version of Leap of Faith with brass man Mark McGrain taking the place of reedman Steve Norton who is another longtime and current member. The original core members, PEK & Glynis Lomon remain with 2 strings added on one track and one of two drummers on one track each, a bassist on two tracks as well. Three long pieces make up this 70+ minute disc. Elder Boston drummer Syd Smart, who once worked with Sam Rivers and Ted Daniels plays on the first track and adds his own rhythmic flourishes, making this piece the most jazzy in sections when they are soaring quickly. The second piece, "Subspace Part 2"  is just the trio (PEK, Lomon & McGrain) with no drums or strings. This piece is more restrained and cerebral with some spirited interaction between the reeds, cello and trombone. The third piece, "Orthogonal Projection", includes bass, two strings and another elder Boston-based drummer named Laurence Cook (for Bill Dixon, Burton Greene & Paul Flaherty). The drums are often at the center of this septet version of LoF.  PEK is playing some low-end reed, bari sax or (contra?) bass clarinet which sounds great with the cello and trombone. The group soars through a long section with the bass and drums pushing the cello, reeds and trombone higher and higher. The other strings don't enter til midway, adding their flurries as the piece evolves through more somber and more frenetic interludes. Even in their early days, Leap of Faith have worked their way through an organic method of improv which works well no matter who is playing with them, both core members and guests. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

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Leap of Faith ‐ Linear Combinations and Transformations (alternate takes)

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1) Subspace 1 ‐ Image (alternate take) ‐ 19:38
2) Subspace 2 ‐ Kernel (alternate take) ‐ 22:34
3) Subspace 3 ‐ Orthogonal Projections (alternate take 1) ‐ 30:11
     Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge MA ‐ 10/12&13/1996

PEK ‐ clarinets, saxophones, bassoon (1,2,3)
Glynis Lomon ‐ cello, voice (1,2,3)
Mark McGrain ‐ trombone (1,2,3)
Craig Schildhauer ‐ bass (1,3)
Sydney Smart ‐ drums (1)
Forrest Larsen ‐ viola (3)
Rob Bethel ‐ cello (3)
Laurence Cook ‐ drums (3)
David "Tiger" Lyons ‐ engineering (1‐3)

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Leap of Faith ‐ Linear Combinations and Transformations

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1) Subspace 1 ‐ Image ‐ 23:32
2) Subspace 2 ‐ Kernel ‐ 24:51
3) Subspace 3 ‐ Orthogonal Projections ‐ 29:17
     Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge MA ‐ 10/12&13/1996

PEK ‐ clarinets, saxophones, bassoon (1,2,3)
Glynis Lomon ‐ cello, voice (1,2,3)
Mark McGrain ‐ trombone (1,2,3)
Craig Schildhauer ‐ bass (1,3)
Sydney Smart ‐ drums (1)
Forrest Larsen ‐ viola (3)
Rob Bethel ‐ cello (3)
Laurence Cook ‐ drums (3)
David "Tiger" Lyons ‐ engineering (1‐3)

Review of Original Release by Bruce Lee Gallanter,

                  Downtown Music Gallery


LEAP OF FAITH [PEK/GLYNIS LOMON et al] - Linear Combinations and Transformations (Evil Clown 06; USA)  Featuring PEK [David Peck] on clarinets, saxes, bassoon; Glynis Lomon on cello, voice; Mark McGrain on trombone, brass; Craig Schildhauer on bass; Rob Bethel on cello; Forrest Larsen on viola; Sydney Smart or Laurence Cook on drums and Yuri Zbitnov on percussion. The only folks I know from this version of Leap of Faith is Ms. Glynis Lomon who has worked with Bill Dixon and both drummers: Syd Smart, from his work with Jimmy Lyons, Raphe Malik and Frank Wright and Laurence Cook from his collaborations with Jemeel Moondoc, Paul Flaherty and Daniel Carter.   This disc consists of three long (23+ minute) tracks. The trio of Dan Peck (reeds), Glynis Lomon (cello) and Mark McGrain (trombone) are the only players on all three pieces with different guests on strings and/or percussion on different tracks. This disc was recorded at two sessions in October of 1996 at . This is intense, focused free improv with a few layers of inter-connected lines. Occasionally sparse but most of more dense. Everyone involved gets a chance to stretch out and push things into a frenzied dialogue, while these long journeys unfold organically and balance things in well-measured ways. It does take some time to absorb these long works.

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Leap of Faith ‐ Linear Combinations and Transformations

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1) Subspace 1 ‐ Image ‐ 23:32
2) Subspace 2 ‐ Kernel ‐ 24:51
3) Subspace 3 ‐ Orthogonal Projections ‐ 29:17
     Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge MA ‐ 10/12&13/1996

PEK ‐ clarinets, saxophones, bassoon (1,2,3)
Glynis Lomon ‐ cello, voice (1,2,3)
Mark McGrain ‐ trombone (1,2,3)
Craig Schildhauer ‐ bass (1,3)
Sydney Smart ‐ drums (1)
Forrest Larsen ‐ viola (3)
Rob Bethel ‐ cello (3)
Laurence Cook ‐ drums (3)
David "Tiger" Lyons ‐ engineering (1‐3)

Leap of Faith  - 

Linear Combinations and Transformations

Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge MA

​10/12/1996 and 10/13/1996

Subspace - Part III - Orthogonal Projection

Septet Movement - PEK, Glynis Lomon, Mark McGrain, Rob Rethel,

                                   Forrest Larsen, Craig Schildhauer, Laurence Cook

Rob Bethel and Forrest Larsen Photos

David Tiger Lyons Photos

Subspace - Part II - Kernel

Trio Movement - PEK, Glynis Lomon, Mark McGrain

​On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG