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Mike Chamberlain, Hour, March 12, 2009

Here, Ottawa-based bassist and composer John Geggie is joined by drummer Nick Fraser and Marilyn Crispell on a set of 14 compositions recorded in November 2006. The pieces, most of which are collaborative efforts of the three musicians, ring with a dark-tinged authority that does not eschew playfulness and the joy of discovery. From the fractured walking bass line accented by progressively more dissonant note clusters from Crispell that breaks into a game of musical hide-and-seek on Run-Away Sheep, to Geggie’s arco line that weaves in and out of Crispell’s undulating four-note figure, and Fraser’s expressive stick work on View From the Bridge, this is music that is dedicated to a high level of group interaction while scrupulously avoiding cliché - definitely worthy of attention.

… this is music that is dedicated to a high level of group interaction while scrupulously avoiding cliché…

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