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Stillpoint [Chris Gestrin]

  • 1. Stillpoint
    2. Never Summer Range
    3. Outpost
    4. Complex One/City
    5. This Past Tuesday
    6. Words Along a Wire
    7. Movement and Perspective
    8. Cliffs and Clouds
    9. My Painted Dream Bird
    10. Interview With a Child
    11. 2.23 Restart
    12. Shades of Night Descending
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1540

  • Credits
    EngineerShawn Pierce

    This is a Hybrid Super Audio CD, playable on both Super Audio and regular CD players.
    Personnel: Chris Gestrin (piano, synthesizer, samples, electronics); Deanna Newton (vocals); John Bentley (soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, electronics); Brad Turner (trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics); Andre Lachance (acoustic bass); Dylan Van Der Schyff (drums, percussion, electronics); Joseph 'Pepe' Danza (percussion).
    Recorded on July 10-11, 2002.
    Personnel: Chris Gestrin (dulcimer, piano, synthesizer, shaker, wind chime, bass programming, percussion programming, electronics, sampler); Andr Lachance (dulcimer, acoustic bass, shaker); Jon Bentley (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, electronics); Brad Turner (trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics); Dylan van der Schyff (drums, percussion, electronics).
    Audio Mixer: Shawn Pierce.
    Recording information: The Factory, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (07/10/2001-07/11/2001).
    Editor: Graeme Brown.
    Vancouver, Canada-based keyboardist Chris Gestrin crosses an amalgamated array of perceived borders on this curiously interesting release. As an acoustic pianist, he often insinuates a theme via delicately constructed melodies and an open-ended approach. Gestrin and his musical associates pursue ambient dreamscapes and climactically driven passages throughout this beautifully recorded production. Moreover, this high-tech recording (Direct Stream Digital) might be analogous to the sonic characteristics often witnessed on the German ECM Records label. Nonetheless, a good portion of this outing features Gestrin's clever use of synths, dulcimer, and various electric/acoustic percussion instruments. Saxophonist Jon Bentley and trumpeter Brad Turner frequently serve as the equalizers due to their ambient and/or fiercely enacted exchanges, while drummer Dylan van der Schyff's cymbal swashes and rumbling tom fills provide the undulating rhythms. Many of Gestrin's frameworks are built upon simple melodies and modulating crosscurrents, as the musicians delve into a few dark corners here and there. The ensemble is equally adept at segueing through a multitude of free jazz/crash-and-burn type endeavors or executing ethereal soundscapes amid multifarious perspectives. Recommended. ~ Glenn Astarita

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