Gurus: Cosmic Wonders
The last tune on Cosmic Wonders shows a whole nother side to the duo. Gender holds a vicious C for ten minutes, and Swaggart sticks to a softer F#. The degree of multitonality expressed in "Flicker" encompasses far more than the simple "devil's interval." Using extended techniques, the pair actually engage in a peculiar call-and-response with heavy blues overtones. It's an incredible display of virtuosity that any melodica player would love to hear. While the first four tracks on Cosmic Wonders certainly convey a patient degree of lyricism, the last one burns the house down. Let's hope we can hear another Gurus records some time soon.
Track Listing: First Passage, Second Passage, Third Passage, Fourth Passage, Flicker.
Personnel: Tom Gender: composer, melodica; Rob Swaggart: melodica
Record Label: Epiphany Records
Style: Modern Jazz