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Roulette of the Cradle

by Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley I love this band...tight,wholly integrated, endlessly inventive with striking compositions.All their Intakt albums (there are 3 and counting) are wonderful and this one sees,for me, Tom Rainey in outstanding form (I loved his work in Tim Berne's Trio - check these out on Tim's Screwgun label)...Laubrock mixes the muscular and sinuous with the compositional and who can resist any opportunity to listen to Mary Halvorson? (I can't!).

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Anti-House is perhaps Laubrock’s most New York-centric band, comprised of herself on tenor and soprano saxophones, guitarist Mary Halvorson, pianist Kris Davis, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Tom Rainey. Bert Noglik writes in the liner notes of this third release «Roulette of the Cradle»: «Abstraction and reification, accentuation and accumulation, laid-back and pushing. The music of this quintet thrives on strong contrasts and the tension they create. The dynamic spectrum is almost taken to its limits, a lot of things are happening simultaneously.

Ingrid Laubrock calls the shots, always with an ear to the particular expressive potential and sounds of the individual musicians. Through her growing experience as a player this happens with increasing aplomb, which also accounts for the forward leap when compared to the previous recordings with the band – Anti-House (2010) and Anti-House: Strong Place (2012).

There is as much a desire for form as for opening up the playing process towards the unpredictable, the unexpected. It is especially the high quality of the musicians contributing to the unmistakable group sound of Anti-House and, at the same time, the powerful individual
styles that don’t just meld together but potentiate each other, as well.».



released May 5, 2015

Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Kris Davis: Piano
John Hébert: Bass
Tom Rainey: Drums
Oscar Noriega: Clarinet


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