Progressive-rock and jazz drumming legend Bill Bruford might be basking in retirement, yet continues to operate his Summerfold and Winterfold record labels amid reissues, such as percussionist Pete Lockett’s One, previously released in 1999 on the Melt 2000 label. This world-groove percussion fest highlights Lockett’s multitalented wares, to round out a polytonal and rhythmically musical endeavor. With five percussionists alternating and various groupings throughout, the program incorporates a global view that transcends strictly definable categorizations. Lockett and his comrades fuse intricate mallets-based grooves with tribal-like jubilance, festive themes and a consortium of genre-hopping enactments.
The music often abides by a rolling rhythmic structure, often contrasted by Bruford’s melodic tom-tom sequences, East Indian chants and thrusting opuses, to complement cyclical pulses and more. On "Complex Transactions," Lockett overlays an arsenal of instruments, including customized floor drums, bongos and sound treatments for example, where Simon Linbrick’s nimble vibes work projects a quaint underlying motif. In other areas, the musicians tear it up via regimented movements and volcanic soloing escapades.
They generate an ethereal muse during "Lumina," abetted by silky overtones and resonating percussion and vibes. Here, Lockett and Linbrick carefully or perhaps meticulously place each sound and rhythmic motif in its proper place. Bruford, and Lockett engage in festive Afro-Cuban frameworks in concert with thrusting call/response dialogues at various intervals of the program to counteract some fiercely executed, pulsating thematic statements. Nonetheless, Lockett’s polytonal and alluring master-plan is designed with an acutely personal spin on the roads frequently travelled. And the addition of electronics is a tasteful additive to this compelling feast for the heart and soul.