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"Featuring beautifully understated performances from Joey Baron (drums), the late, great master cellist, Tom Cora, and the inimitable sax talents of George Cartwright, Allies is the second in the Music For Dance series, pioneered originally on Fred's Technology Of Tears. While some compositional similarities are reminiscent of that work, Allies employs a more organic approach, weaning mostly acoustic elements into Fred's penchant to explore the musical relationship between the mechanical and the natural elements of sound and modern music. Elegant and meticulously crafted surfaces are constantly under attack from unpredictable elements, creating a particular tension that is haunting and quite unlike any of the composer's other works. The six movements that comprise this amazing disk examine the ways Fred's angular, trademark melodies are constructed/de-constructed, particularly with regards to how multiple melodies can be extracted from a single melodic source. Single notes of different instruments are strung together to 'hocket' particularly gorgeous melodies that expound upon the composer's harmonic developments with mathematical references, much in the same way he is famously known for his work with complex time signatures."