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Gerard Presencer - Platypus - Jazz Times


01 June 2001
Jazz Times

On Platypus flugelhornist Gerard Presencer offers a sound that is at once mournful and wistful, brassy and haunted. It helps that Presencer, once a member of Charlie Watts' acclaimed quartet, offers material that is also worlds away from typical smooth-jazz slickness and the music is executed by an expert combo that gives him a lot of space to sing out. Where "Blue Eyed Boy" boasts a Steely Dan-keyboard vibe, offering disarmingly free, funky solo opportunities, "Afterthought" has a woozy, off-kilter feel, surrounding Presencer's haunted tones with percussive details. Presencer's band builds these interesting spaces free of limiting genre walls. The albums title track, for example, weaves between frenzied fusion and kick-back blues walking, with bristly guitar work (by the excellent John Paricelli) and a vibrant, melodic horn line painting an intriguing picture. "Green Eyed Girl" first appears as a lithe, swinging dance, but sputtering drums and percussive effects push it in a different direction entirely. This hybrid approach, drawing from pop, funk, jazz and even Latin influences, makes Platypus as interesting and disarming as its animal namesake. 
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