Repercussions

Approaching improvised music from a decidedly classical vantage point, Jeffrey Agrell (horn) and Evan Mazunik (piano) seamlessly weave together semi-notated passages and stretches of improvisation into pieces that fuse the musicians’ grasp on chord scales and species counterpoint. The album’s title track, Repercussions, displays the elision between genres, keeping things on the buoyant side and displaying an almost Copland-like flair, occasionally digressing into more experimental territory. Put this one smack in the middle of the “adult contemporary” wallpaper that fills cubicals in office buildings everywhere and the outer limits of Tzadik’s catalog.

—RN