Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley – “This Here Jungle of Moderness/Composition 14”
This one hits pretty hard and doesn’t let up, burrowing deep into the soul with a kind of molten creep that’s been dormant for at least a couple of decades or more. Channeling the spirit and fusion of electric Miles, Brown Rice-era Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler, this collaboration from Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley shows two artists weaving their styles in ways that draw blood every time. The bones of the album were recorded by White in 2018 as an instrumental record born out of improvisation with his assembled septet, but the record didn’t feel finished. It lay in wait for a few years until White crossed paths with Holley in 2019, lending his assembled players as the backing band to a set on Holley’s tour through Virgina. The two found a kinship and Holley became the spark that would ignite Broken Mirror, A Selfie Reflection. The sculptor turned musician’s brilliance is on display from the first moments on album opener “This Here Jungle of Moderness/Composition 14” and I can confirm that it doesn’t let up over the next four tracks, Holley’s vocals dancing over the grooves that White and crew had laid previously. The record arrives April 9th from Spacebomb/Jagjaguwar.
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