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John Roberts explores experimental jazz and electronic frameworks alongside Maxwell Sterling (double bass) and Peter Evans (trumpet) on Spill, in a style that crosses paths with work by Jon Hassell, Peter Zummo and Emptyset.
The follow-up to Plum finds NYC composer Roberts expanding and continuing that record’s experimental bent in three diverse parts. The first and best of those is a raucously unpredictable title track starring Maxwell Sterling on his first outing since the amazing Hollywood Medieval album, lending radioactive double bass vamps and doom strokes to a calamity of polymetric percussion, scrabbling electronics and extended trumpet tekkers by Peter Evans. If Arthur Russell and Emptyset made a track together, it may sound a bit like this.
On the B-side Roberts chills out. Working solo, he comes off shades away from Peter Boothroyd in the charmingly emotive weightless melodies of Wrecked, before Peter Evans pipes up again on Fluid, lighting up Roberts’ keening electronic dissonance with a range of sharp, smeared and spiralling trumpet gestures that share space with huge blasts of sculpted distortion, reminding in some ways of recent Dialect material.