I covered a few Cold Blue EP singles on these pages over the summer. Today another one, this by Jim Fox, entitled Black Water (Cold Blue 0037). The work is from 1984, fairly early in Maestro Fox's body of work, but inimitable nonetheless. The score calls for three pianos, ably played via overdubbing by Bryan Pezzone.
It's a shimmering, undulating work with multiple tremeloes and emphatic chordal periodicities building together and evolving to create harmonic-motor movement. There is a flowing yet dense layering throughout that suggests water in motion.
The music exhilarates and engulfs the senses in a very satisfying way. And it does so with originality and ambient drive. It is a work better heard than described for its all-over dramatic poeticism. If you do not know Jim Fox's music, and you should, it is a good place to start. And it has a singularity that's well worth experiencing even if you have heard others of his.
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