The camera abruptly starts recording, with no title card to speak of. Sax player Darius Jones doles out sheet music as the members of Gerald Cleaver’s remarkable jazz supergroup Black Host awkwardly step around each other in an attempt to make it to their respective positions. But the second the music starts, all traces of human error are vanquished. Black Host’s recent performance at SEEDS in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn serves to remind us that every now and again, a group comes along that shatters any preconceived notions of how jazz should sound.
Though the shot is static on a tripod (so much so that guitarist Brandon Seabrook can’t quite make it into frame past his elbow), the sound is anything but; throughout the hour long set, the tunes explode with a visceral, textured energy that bridges the gaps between free jazz, acid rock and experimental noise.
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