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Pianist and composer David Moore brings human warmth to minimalism in Bing & Ruth



Pianist and composer David Moore is hardly alone in his love of American minimalism (particularly the hypnotically repetitive constructions of Steve Reich), but with his project Bing & Ruth he replaces that aesthetic’s often mathematical precision with something more fluid and human. On Bing & Ruth’s third and most recent album, No Home of the Mind (4AD), the group’s sound is at its leanest yet. As usual, Moore’s arpeggiated piano patterns cascade so rapidly that they almost blur into striated long tones, becoming graceful, billowing sheets of sound whose risings and fallings border on new age territory. But the large cast of supporting musicians from the previous two records has been slimmed down—it’s now just clarinetist Jeremy Viner (Battle Trance), bassists Jeff Ratner and Greg Chudzik, and tape manipulator Mark Effenberger. Moore’s collaborators blend into the group sound more smoothly than ever, functioning as a ghostly harmony machine. No Home of the Mind also includes a greater number of contemplative pieces, where Moore seems to summon the spirit of Erik Satie, but whether the music is quiet or busy, it’s consistently meditative—at its best, it’s like a bath of sound that closes over you.   v

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