By Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

LEAP OF FAITH [PEK/GLYNIS LOMON/STEVE NORTON] - Philosophie Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Evil Clown 9046: USA) Featuring PEK [Dave Peck] - tenor & alto sax, clarinets, double reeds, Glynis Lomon - cello & voice and Steve Norton - sopranino & alto saxes, contra-alto clarinet. This disc features just 2 tracks, one with just the core trio (Pek, Glynis & Steve) and a rare, near-27 minute solo alto sax piece by PEK himself. Having had the opportunity to witness Leap of Faith live twice a few weeks ago (Aug 15 & 16/2015), as well as reviewing more than a dozen of their assorted discs, I... am getting a better appreciation/understanding of what they do and do well.  Listening to the core trio makes it easier to hear the contribution of each member. The trio set is less busy than the usual quartet or quintet versions. The sound of the two spiraling reeds and cello sound especially great together, bending and twisting their notes in a similar fashion. They sound somewhat relaxed and keep a certain calm, thoughtful vibe at the center. Often one player will start a line and another will complete the line. Hearing PEK by himself is also unusual and revealing as he takes his time and concentrates al length on his alto sax rather than the dozens of reeds he often plays at most Leap of Faith sessions. PEK starts slowly and builds in speed and intensity as he goes. PEK like to stretch out notes from time to time and sounds as if he is about to break into a ballad at one point but doesn't. Nice to hear Leap of Faith on the slow burn side. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

Leap of Faith -

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica

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

On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... ​using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation."   - Squidco website staff

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