Minneapolis-based saxophonist Cole Pulice
played baritone saxophone for the nine-piece Black Market Brass
(Jared Jarvis on tenor saxophone, Sam Harvey-Carlson on keyboards, Hans Kruger and Mitch Sigurdson on guitars, trombone, trumpet, bass and several percussionists), an Afro-funk band that recorded Cheat and Start a Fight (2016) and Undying Thirst (2020), containing the ten-minute So Who – Pt 1 & 2.
Pulice was also
a member of LCM that released Signal Quest (2020).
Pulice debuted solo with Gloam (2020), which contains experiments in different styles:
the cacophonous Neurochrome, the barely audible Arc of Shadows,
the languid loops of Sleep Helix, etc.
Best are the somnolent drones and spiraling sax phrases of Bone Prisms.
To Live & Die in Space & Time (2022) was a collaboration with• Lynn Avery, a pianist also from Minneapolis who had recorded as Iceblink the albums
Iceblink (2018) and Carpet Cocoon (2020).
Now residing in Oakland, the couple penned four meditative pieces, notably
the 12-minute The Sunken Cabin for saxophone, piano and electronics.
The seven-song mini-album Strawberry Roan (2022), a collaboration with synth-man Nat Harvie, borders on new-age music.
Pulice recorded a second solo album (or, better, mini-album),
Scry (2022), recorded between 2019 and 2022,
his most electronic work yet, on which his electronic saxophone sounds like
Astral Cowpoke, halfway between
Harold Budd's delicate filigrees and
Jon Hassell's fourth-world music,
is the standout.
Scry is a fragile jazz lullaby.