There are groups that pick up the instruments of jazz and apply
methodologies of experimental and progressive rock bands to the
tools on hand. Supplying a punk spirit, solid musical knowledge
and honed technique, these artists give us new, exciting and even
challenging sounds. One of the first and most long-lived of such
groups is the hoary patriarchs of avant-jazz, Birdsongs of the
presence of neo-classical composers Erik Lindgren
and Ken Field gives the current lineup a
refined, sophisticated sound. Their new album is Petrophonics
(Cuneiform Records, POB 465, Middleborough, MA 02346; http://cuneiformrecords.com/).
Here the group's inventive instrumental compositions mix rock,
jazz and post-classical performed on guitar, saxophones, acoustic
grand piano and more.