Bliggidy Blam | formal i.

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formal i.

by Bliggidy Blam

Free jazz meets formal structure.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bliggidy's first CD features the playing of Brian McWhorter and Nate Wooley on trumpet, Mat Fieldes and Tim Kiah on electric basses and Matt Aiken on drumset. Most of the album is dedicated to improvisational forms constructed by McWhorter (and also graphically depicted on the cover) and a few of McWhorter's compositions (Etudes 1, 2 and Counting). It is free improvisation but based on very specific forms based on typical pop musical forms as well as simple abstract shapes. Bliggidy Blam is inspired in part by the mood, feel and look of comic books.

"[Formal I] is credited to Bliggidy Blam, a memorably odd assemblage of two trumpets (McWhorter and Nate Wooley), two electric basses (Mat Fieldes and Tim Kiah), and a drummer (Matt Aiken). The band’s ultra-compressed aesthetic (30 tracks in 41 minutes) and block-form juxtapositions give it a post-Zorn flavor, though the cheeky low-key vibe steers clear of Naked City ultraviolence. The majority of the album is taken up by twenty-seven brief “ABCD(X) Forms,” little nonsequitur bouquets of seesawing melodies, jackdaw trumpets and tap-clink-clank drumming which sometimes come adorned with childlike cries of “wheeeee!” The three pieces out- side the “ABCD(X)” series are more sober and sustained: “Counting” is a gentle train-ride piece cushioned by soft whirling trumpet lines and twinkling bass guitar work; “Etude 1” is plangent four-point counterpoint eventually pushed through a bread-slicer; “Etude 2” is a moody odd-meter piece in the mode of Dave Douglas’s Balkan Jazz. A worthy addition to the canon of short-attention-span Jazz."
...Cadence Magazine


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Nate Reit

Bliggidy Blam is awesome!
Bliggidy Blam is intensely and amazingly awesome in all its hip, creative outness - Word to the formal i.