Improv & Avant-Garde: Year in Review 2010
Published Nov 29, 2010Chicago Underground Duo Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey)
It's unfortunate how little Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor are able to reconvene these days because, when they do, they manipulate sound like few of their contemporaries. Boca Negra finds the two bolstering their cornet-and-drums configuration with computer processing and various other instruments, but the results retain their organic spirit ― improvisations and compositions mingling and interchanging in a heady, dream-like succession. Nothing is forced on Boca Negra, as it plunges the listener into soundscapes that are surreal and majestic.