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Ergo - If Not Inertia
"[Ergo] has a deft touch when it comes to molding silence and drones into rich celestial balladry....a nifty confluence of George Lewis's dreamscapes and Miles's Lonely Fire, and while it's a record that invites you to watch the embers glow, it does its fair share of shooting off sparks." –
The Village Voice
Ergo has fine-tuned an unusual and evocative mix of tautness and incongruity.... There are a lot of unusual elements at play but what makes Ergo so great is that in the end all the parts fit." –
NYC Jazz Record
"... this atmospheric collective, which takes full advantage of electronic programming and cross-genre appropriation... performs in celebration of its intentionally spooky new album... -
New York Times
is a unique electro-acoustic jazz ensemble, who mine areas in sound that no one else in jazz approaches. While all the players have a strong background in conventional jazz, they are also all young players who have grown up listening to a wide variety of music and they have also grown up with contemporary technology.
If Not Inertia
is their third album and they continue to use the same basic sonic palette that has characterized their work from the beginning:
performs on trombone and computer,
plays piano, prepared piano and Fender Rhodes piano and
is the drummer.
If Not Inertia is a release of quietly building and subtly stunning music; music based on loops, improvisation, small composed motifs and the interplay of the musicians. For the first time, on this release, they have worked with two guest musicians, both of them guitarists. Acclaimed new-music/new-jazz guitarist
appears on nearly half of the album and acoustic guitarist
appears on the final track. The guitarists add a new texture to Ergo's sound; a sound unique in jazz today!
In addition to the music, also included on the CD is a .mov file of a five minute, high quality promotional 'making of' film entitled
The Making of If Not Inertia
, which has some interview insights from the musicians, as well as some insight from the studio sessions on how this album was created.
You can hear a track from the album here
The Making of If Not Inertia
, which is included in the package.
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