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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sound & Fury - Pulsacion (Ektro, 2013) ***½

I’ve been lucky this month. A second album by a group I knew nothing about that is extremely worthwhile. A bit more composed I imagine than most records we get at the FJ blog, Sound & Fury’s latest is bouncy, groovy, superbly recorded, very tastefully arranged and not over played. Textures are woven smartly utilizing elements of the band from sax, flute and horns to electric guitar, bass (both plucked and bowed), percussion…everything inhabiting a wide sonic spectrum without getting in each other’s way. If free jazz can be sexy this is it. 7 songs, most in the 5 to 10 minute range (and one clocking in just over 13:00) in a wide palate of tempos and textures with a Latin flair. 


See also Dan Sorrelis' review of the same album.