ENG Bird is the Worm, Dave Sumner (nov.2015)

Quirky album from bassist Bortone, who presents something of a collage where sharp angles, massive clutter and well-timed melodic jabs all cohabit the same space. Of interest, however, is when the clash of those elements create disturbances in the fabric of the music, and the resulting tension formed as the ear waits to see how it all shakes out. Joining Bortone on this recording are multi-reedist Antonin-Trio Hoang, drummer Ariel Tessier, and guitarist Francesco Diodati, whose name pops up in the column a couple times a year every year.