Legendary New York-based composer and trombonist Peter Zummo is best known for his contributions to the avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and 1980s. He was an influential part of the New York downtown scene along with his close collaborator Arther Russell. Zummo’s unique style drew on elements of jazz, minimalism, disco, electronic, and world music and incorporated unconventional instruments such as the tabla, marimba and accordion. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with various artists across different genres, including choreographer Trisha Brown and the post-punk jazz band The Lounge Lizards. Despite his many accomplishments, Zummo remains humble and dedicated to his craft, continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in contemporary music.
His newest offering is another boundary-pushing affair that finds Zummo working with an exciting lineup of collaborators. ‘Deep Drive 2 +’ features contributions from Mabe Fratti, a Guatemalan experimental musician known for her haunting vocals and use of field recordings; Peter Broderick, an American multi-instrumentalist and composer; Joe Carvell, a British musician who has worked with artists such as Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble and Nicholas Krgovich and Sebastian Rojas, a Mexican synth and electric organ player.
‘Deep Drive 2 +’ showcases Zummo’s innovative use of the trombone that incorporates fresh sounds and perspectives from his collaborators. Fans of Zummo’s previous ‘Deep Drive’ album will love the off-centre music contained within. Each track is a unique exploration of sound, showcasing the range of emotions that music can convey. From the free-flowing melodies and spoken word of ‘Prepare For Docking’ to the hypnotic rhythms of ‘On Another Timeline’ and the meditative and complex ‘Deep Drone Plus’, it’s a lovely trip through Zummo’s creative vision and another masterpiece in his already impressive discography.
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