Half Notes: Dave King – Indelicate (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

A piano and drum ‘duo,’ all played by Dave King. Yes, the drummer for The Bad Plus not only has piano skills as well but also a big piles of ideas to play with. Grooves would of course be expected, as well as dissonance and stumbling rhythms (“Arts High Boogie,” “Highly Varnished Academic Realism”). There are moments of tenderness too, particularly on the piano-only “I See You, You See Me.” My vote for the tracks with the mostest fun are “Herman Ze German Cassette Redux,” which is full of skittery piano lines and “Bees,” a terrific herky-jerky load of off-kilterisms that you’d want to tap your toe to…if you could find the actual beat.

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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