Peter Zummo (1948) is a trombonist who has explored ensemble music at the border between
classical chamber music and free-jazz. His first album was
Zummo With An X (august 1981 - Loris, 1985 - New World, 2006), in a trio with Arthur
Russell on cello and Bill Ruyle on tabla, highlighted by the
two lengthy minimalist suites
Instruments (1980) for duo, trio and quartet and Lateral Pass (1985).
Zummo With An X... Plus! (New World, 2012) adds
a performance of Song IV (1985) from the Suite Six Songs.
The six movements of Experimenting with Household Chemicals (XI, 1995),
composed between 1987 and 1992 and
featuring Jon Gibson on saxophones, Joseph Kubera on keyboards and
Arthur Russell on amplified cello,
display a deviant intelligence as well as a sense of humour.
Zummo's pretext is to explores a new melodic technique at the trombone,
something he does best in the 17-minute
Includes Free Information (which runs the gamut from a bizarre solo
to a collective fanfare back to a spirited solo,
but Fresh Batteries,
Rocket Scientist (9:45) and the delicate
In Three Movements (9:54)
are mainly about timbric and dynamic counterpoint, an art of
subtle, frugal, timid exchanges between musicians
that sound chaotic at first but reveal a hidden logic upon repeated listening.
The 14-minute Sung Played Heard actually emphasizes tempos via a
grotesque use of percussions.
Peaceful Transportation (10:50) is an almost psychedelic drone that
floats lifeless in vast seas of silence.
Slybersonic Tromosome (Penumbria, 2000) was a collaboration with
digital soundsculptor Tom Hamilton.
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