Taking inspiration from Chicago’s improvisational tradition, The End and the Beginning by RedGreenBlue offers a mesmeric, minimalist take on the city’s groove-based improvised music. The group features three of the city’s most notable players: Paul Giallorenzo (synthesizer, pump organ, electronics), Charlie Kirchen (bass), and Ryan Packard (drums, electronics). The ever-imaginative Ben LaMar Gay contributes to this recording on cornet and electronics. The trio create hypnotic-yet-still-dynamic sonic spaces from languid pulsation, subtle colour shifts, and bursts of virtuosic urgency throughout two side-long, introverted pieces.
Astral Spirits Records will release the album on June 3rd. Pre-order here.