EatDrinkGambleSex

Sierra Winds

The first time I heard Philip Bimstein’s Casino was back in 1999 at the Bang On A Can marathon, but since then it’s left such a visceral impression on me that it’s hard to imagine that until now it has not been available on CD. “EatDrinkGambleSex,” the first movement of this three-part sonic homage to Las Vegas, is as in your face as its title suggests. Scored for wind quintet and a tape track (which combines an interview with a seen-it-all, heard-it-all dice caller and actual sounds from a casino), Bimstein paints a vivid sonic picture of contemporary America with all of its broken dreams and all-too-frequently unchecked desires.

—FJO