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Artist: Ben Lind / Ernesto Diaz-Infante / Barbara Rose Lange / philip gayle (@)
Title: BERP
Format: CD
Label: Yabyum Productions
Rated: *****
When you have instrumentation credits that include "Baseball, Ping Pong, Stringed Instruments, Toys, Violin, and Broken Hurdy Gurdy," you know that you are in for an interesting ride. What we have here is some minimalist experimental improvisation. One image that came to my mind is being in a shopping mall during the holidays and listening to the clumsiest gift wrappers you've ever heard continually dropping rolls of paper, dropping the tape, dropping the scissors, and tearing the paper as they rip and shred and wrap gifts. In the background a guitarist is tuning their guitar. Kids are walking around hitting things and bumping into stuff. On "Quartet 2," they shift gears a bit as we're treated to some bizarre scat singing over the music. The final track, Quartet Live," was recorded in 2001 and weighs in at a hefty 46 minutes. It opens up slightly minimal and pretty raw; a bit too minimal for my tastes as it opens up. They really begin hitting their stride around 20 minutes in as the percussion elements are highlighted. Later on, some voice comes to the forefront, but this is the kind of voice that is like a child making noises when playing as if they're a plane shooting down things or choking or coughing up phlegm. Later on, the strings come in with full force as they feverishly scrape and bow on violin or whatever else they have hanging around. At the end it winds down to a nice calm conclusion. If you enjoy really experimental improvisational music, this may be worth checking out. This album weighs in at around 76 minutes.

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