Great SUMARI Review from Croatia
Research into sound is a basic characteristic of the creative trio Sumari. Opportunities for such research are large, and this is for three reasons: curiosity, commitment and creativity of musicians who explore the great opportunities of the mutual combination of instruments. As well as having vast experience of playing in various styles and idioms, all three of them are multi-instrumentalists. Matt Lavelle plays the trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet and alto clarinet, Jack DeSalvo, who is the producer of the album, playing the cello, guitar and mandola, and Tom Cabrera plays bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum and percussion. As their unusual setup the unconventional way they approach the improvisations is adopted from playing with respectable experimenters. Among others Lavelle has collaborated with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, DeSalvo with drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and Cabrera with singer Julie Lyon. It is a spontaneous collective communication that brings unpredictable results with seven performances making up the whole. They were built without premeditation, and the titles of the tracks were likely added subsequently. The names of these compositions reveal the intention of the musicians, a source of inspiration and philosophical outlook on life and music. Just looking at these titles of the songs creates the illusion that we can penetrate deeper into the personality and preoccupations of these musicians and figure out why and how they create. It inspires the creativity of the listener. Before hearing them, how would you imagine songs bearing the following titles: “Seth Dance”, “Counterparts Are Comparitively Encountered”, “Scientific Cults and Private Paranoias”, “Reincarnational Civilizations”, “Alternate Presents and Multiple Focus”, ” The Gates of Horn “and” The Nature of Mass Events “?
Davor Hrvoj, soundguardian.com http://www.soundguardian.com/index.php?option=com_muscol&view=album&id=3250