Tom Heasley On the Sensations of Tone

Certain words you simply do not expect to see written together, "ambient" and "tuba" are two such words. But it takes a fraction of this album's 56-minute running time to make you forget the lumbering marching band stigma the instrument is wedded to. With delay, reverb and long breaths, a drone of remarkable depth and texture is revealed. Perhaps it is the tuba's low register that makes the richness of tone a reality. That Heasley improvised the two pieces live in studio, leaving them as is once finished, is a remarkable achievement in playing and patience. Fans of drone music, or meditative music of any kind, will enjoy this experience. Fans of Sousa may not. (Innova)