Take Effect reviews Wayne Alpern, Secular Rituals

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Wayne Alpern


by Tom Haugen


Secular Rituals

Henri Elkan, 2022


Listen to Secular Rituals

The New York resident Wayne Alpern never does anything conventional, and here he handles all instruments on a jazz and classically tinted affair that also welcomes creative looping and world music ideas into the sonic landscape.

“Utopia” gets the listen off to a very mesmerizing start, where classical nods and post-rock textures enter the atypical climate, and “Victims Of Venom” follows with firm drumming that segues into a very swift display of percussive acrobatics.

Further down the line, “Gomoa Fetta” offers a raw and rhythmic version of repetition and synthetic sounds that appears indebted to African ideas, while “Brave Art” flows with a hazy quality amid the thumping drums and ominous atmosphere. “Bach CmP” then emits a bright and quick display of meticulous keys that’ll occupy significant space in your mind all day.

“Triangularity” and “Vishvakarma” exit the listen, where the former is both calm and exploratory, and the latter finishes with Eastern influences amid Alpern’s iconoclastic and inviting song craft.

To say that Alpern’s music is genre defying would be putting it mildly. His diverse skills and inimitable approach to songwriting make every song here completely different from the rest, and as a whole it’s a stunning and unforgettable listen.

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Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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