Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux communicates an extraordinarily colourful palette of conceptual reasoning and musical expression in the effulgent release, ‘Path of Totality’. Featuring saxophonist David Binney, pianist/keyboardist Matt Mitchell, drummers Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood, plus a clutch of guest artists.
Saxophonist/composer Nachoff’s overarching inspiration arose from the moon’s total eclipse of the sun in 2017. That event became a dramatic, natural metaphor for the band’s evolutionary creative process, plus a reminder (especially amidst current political and environmental discord) of light’s assured emanation from and triumph over transitory darkness.
The Toronto-born, New York-based saxophonist’s compositions each begin from a clear-cut kernel of an idea, with their own set of parameters, which are then developed into stories of differing landscapes, all crafted from the ground up for these specific players to interpret and improvise across.
Tracks include the progressive yet cyclical impetus in giant-stepping title track “Path of Totality”, explored through thunderous, phased double-drum patterns and farreaching saxophone figures; and “Bounce” takes motivic ideas and rhythmic structures from a bouncing ball’s motion (studied through mathematical programmes), manipulating them to create elasticized environments, the two saxophonists’ extemporizations eventually narrowing against the full swell of a 1924 Kimball Theatre Organ.
As you immerse yourself in its narrative, on whatever level you connect with its story, Path of Totality’s artistic journey continues to intrigue, fascinate and enthral.
FORMAT: High quality, 180 gram, double 12” LP, limited to 300 copies – comes with download code containing the high res digital album.
Path Of Totality / Bounce / Toy Piano Meditation / March Macabre / Splatter / Orbital Resonances