John Kral 9 a.m., July 29
The Two Faces of Janus
- Artist: Jason Robinson
- Album released in 2010
- Cuneiform Records
- Genres: Electro | DJ, Noise | Xprmntl, Rock
One face looking at the past, one face looking towards the future. Borrowed from Greek mythology, Janus is an apt metaphor for this recording by critically acclaimed reedist and composer Jason Robinson.
The project features a stellar cast of Robinson's recent New York collaborators, all distinguished figures in jazz and improvised music: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress and George Schuller. The ten original compositions range in instrumen- tation from horn duos to sextets with bass clarinet, alto flute, arco bass and other wildly evocative textures. The music is angular, expressive, emotional and virtuosic and seamlessly moves from hard-hitting grooves to beautiful abstract sound worlds.