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Not too surprising that the somewhat mathematically-minded alto saxophonist John Gallagher should be drawn to the music of serialist composer Anton Webern. He shares Webern’s penchant for wide-intervalled lines leaping rigorously over dense harmonies – track title “The Secret Code”, after Op 28, is particularly apt.
Here, a downtown sextet adapts Webern’s thematic material into angular, rhythmically astute and multi-textured jazz fusion. Highlights include vibraphonist Matt Henman and organist Russ Lossing capturing Webern’s sense of mystery and vocalist Margaret Grebowicz delivering original German lyrics on “Seventh Ring”.
The Anton Webern Project