Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Simultonality (4 stars)

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Simultonality

Adventurous fusion of jazz, minimalism, North African and Indian musics from Chicagoan Abrams and band

Joshua Abrams is one of the most adventurous players to emerge from Chicago's vibrant creative music scene. Simultonality reflects the breadth of his vision, weaving elements of spiritual jazz, minimalism, North African gnawa and Indian classical into a shimmering, kinetic trance music. This is the first Natural Information Society album to feature the working line-up of the band, which perhaps explains its focus and rhythmic energy.

Several tracks begin with insistent Terry Riley-like organ patterns, before Abrams strikes up a riff on the guimbri (bass lute) to open it all out. Drummers Michael Avery and Frank Rosaly channel the flow motion of Can's Jaki Liebezeit, creating expansive grooves that bubble away under Lisa Alvarado's meditative harmonium and Emmett Kelly's fuzz guitar jabs. Closing track '2128 ½' finds Abrams on bass, paying homage to the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and his mentor Fred Anderson: a splendid thing.

Out now on tak:til/Eremite

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