Sediment //

Album label: 
Release date: 
Recording location: 
IBeam, Brooklyn
Recording date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Artwork design: 
Carlo Costa
Mastering engineer: 
Jon Rosenberg
Mixing engineer: 
Jonthan Goldberger
Recording engineer: 
Jonathan Golberger
  • 1. Whither (08:00)
  • 2. Pulverize (05:25)
  • 3. Thaw (07:16)
  • 4. Bloat (06:59)
  • 5. Soak (07:09)
  • 6. Molder (05:51)

Italian percussionist Carlo Costa has been based in New York City since 2005. Since his arrival he has been involved in the thriving improvised music scene of the city collaborating with a wide assortment of musicians.

'Sediment' is the debut recording of his quartet featuring saxophonist Jonathan Moritz, trombonist Steve Swell, double bassist Sean Ali and himself on percussion. Dedicated to acoustic free improvisation, over the course of two years of concerts and rehearsals, the ensemble has developed a distinct improvisational language which makes use of slow development, a wide dynamic spectrum, spaciousness, and a large variety of sounds and textures. The ensemble sound is emphasized over the individual voices to an extent where often the sources of individual sounds are obscured and almost cease to exist as the ensemble moves and breaths as one living creature.

The music on this album is influenced by the movement, vibration and cyclic patterns which are present in nature as well as in the modern metropolis.

"★★★★ 1/2. Costa is a musician with a very distinct musical vision, one that creates organic textures that grow almost naturally, quietly and intensely. (...)The quartet is nervously active and agitated, yet that does not translate into speed or an avalanche of notes, quite to the contrary, the sounds are measured and well-paced, carefully positioned and placed to create this feeling of restless evolution..." (Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz Blog)

"Deep listening and subtle torques of sound and environment, which, despite raw abstraction, retain lyricism and pulse" (Clifford, Allen, NYC Jazz Record)

"Throughout the record, Costa works as an alchemist, playing with the elements. His approach is to strip away the fluff and get down to the rawest sounds that coexist and intermingle in their purer forms. (...) These sounds, quite abstract in their initial form, seem to accumulate in our ears, layer upon layer, through the record building towards a cohesive overall musical aesthetic." (Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now)