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by Sam Prestianni

Though far from the norm, it's not uncommon these days to find an occasional trombone or tuba beefing up the bottom-end of a creative jazz combo.   But Plunge may be the first tuba/'bone/bouble bass/drum unit to drop such monster rhythms via a behemoth configuration.  As the instrumentation and group name imply, Plunge dives headlong into the rare groove vortex.  Led by trombonist/composer Mark McGrain, and featuring former Henry Threadgill tubist Marcus Rojas, the quartet investigates a number of groove possibilities from the hip-shaking lead track "Wagdanz" to the mood-thick "Running, Running."  The kicked-back syncopation of "Trick of the Light" suggests undulating island breezes a la Ritual Trio's "Another Kind of Groove."  The most adventurous tune, "Dog," comes full-on as McGrain douses his otherwise straight horn with flanger and wah-wah effects, invoking near-metal guitar histrionics.  Melodically eloquent and evenly balanced, Plunge imbues fresh dimensions into low-end articulation.



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