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Philip Clark, The Wire, no. 293, July 1, 2008

If this combination of clarinet and trombone echoes a classic jazz frontline from the era of King Oliver or Jelly Roll Morton, it’s not a heritage that Toronto based Lori Freedman and Scott Thomson deny. Indeed one track from this superb duo record, Plumb, eagerly embraces that lineage, as Freedman’s chattery clarinet lines interweave against the contour’s of Thomson’s abstracted tailgating trombone. But there are other concerns too: Freedman bounces off fruity fundamentals as she explores the outer reaches of her instrument’s overtones, while elsewhere deadpan post-dada humour belly-laughs its way to the front. Remarkably serious entertainment.

Remarkably serious entertainment.

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