Digital Primitives revels in unusual sounds. If you're looking for music that separates itself from usual run-of-the-mill jazz recordings, you're not likely to hear anything quite like this.
The diddley-bow traces its roots to rural blues as a single-string bass. The mouth-bow sounds like a jaw harp, its tones formed
by the throat and shape of one's mouth. The twanger...twangs. And the bango seems to be part banjo, part National steel and part Stratocaster. All of them might be amplified and distorted. Around this Taylor lays down steady, funky beats and Tsahar blows freely with strained intensity. "Love Truth" begins as a plea and builds to something more desperate and feral. A take on "Over the Rainbow," at first only vaguely recognizable, features Tsahar's emotional melody line soiled and undercut by Cooper-Moore's dirty sawing. "The People" centers on Cooper-Moore's wonderful singing voice, slashed and looped to ask the question, "Do the people have a right?" Unfortunately, because Digital Primitives is dedicated to sound, sometimes for its own sake, a couple of tracks feel long, jammy, a bit unfocused and inconclusive. Perhaps a small price to pay in the face of such originality and fascinating rhythms.
By JEFF STOCKTON for allaboutjazz.com
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