Andy Laster | Hydra

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Hydra

by Andy Laster

Hydra is Laster's third CD on the ground-breaking Sound Aspects label. The music contains elements of modal polyphony, serialism and free jazz. The CD also includes the angular odd-time classic, Radbaz.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Radbaz
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2. Eelpout
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3. The Four Questions
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4. Canto I
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5. Parachute
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6. Their Last End
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7. Hagia Sofia
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8. Canto II
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9. Darshon
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10. Canto III
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11. Cluniac
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12. Canto IV
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13. The Rocket Club
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14. Canto V
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Album Notes
Personnel: Andy Laster-alto and baritone saxophone, flute; Tom Rainey-drums; Herb Robertson-trumpet and cornet; Ed Schuller-bass

review by Kevin Whitehead
PULSE! Magazine, July 1995

German capital

If you like that angular, hoarse and soaring Brooklyn ensemble and style, but wouldn’t mind if the band swung more overtly more often, check alto, baritone and flute tripler Andy Laster's Hydra (German Indie Sound Aspects) where similar influences come into play, along with some odder ones. Laster can toss in a whiff of country melodicism without easy-harmony blandness. (He's gotta be the only musician to tour with Julius Hemphill and Lyle Lovett.) His quartet makes it all fit together: tuneful lines over stagger-stepped vamps that bassist Ed Schuller and drummer Tom Rainey never bobble. On trumpet and cornet is the mighty, nimble, nutty, undercelebrated Herb Robertson, superbly displayed on material that brings his lyrical and satirical contours into focus.


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