This Week’s Best Albums: August 25, 2009

This Week's Best Albums

BygonesBygones: By- (Sargent House)

Teased since March, the finally available debut album from Bygones is a spastic/melodic guitar/drums dichotomy.  The duo consists of drumming whiz Zach Hill (of Hella and all other bands) and tech-ish guitarist Nick Reinhart (of indie mathists Tera Melos).

The project sounds very much like one would imagine, but a complex catchy-ness is inherent in nearly every track.  The duo’s intermittent utterances and backing harmonies fit better than any conventional vocals likely would.

klangKlang: Tea Music (Allos Documents)

Chicago clarinetist/composer James Falzone is a gem in a robust jazz mine, merging dynamic improv chops with classical compositions and a reverence for musical traditions.  His last “solo” effort, The Sign and the Thing Signified, was a beautiful chamber-jazz effort.

On his Allos Documents label, Falzone now issues the studio debut of Klang, a four-piece ensemble that includes acclaimed local collaborators in the forms of vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Tim Daisy.  Though Klang is led by Falzone, the resultant material is jazzier than his normal fare, stemming from Falzone’s fondness for 1950s saxophonist/clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre.

Klang: “G.F.O.P.”

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