Review of Glenn Kotche – Adventureland (Cantaloupe Music)

Glenn KotcheIndisputably one of the most innovative and exciting drummers / percussionists in music today, Wilco member Glenn Kotche’s Adventureland features music composed specifically for ensembles. Teaming up with the Kronos Quartet, Chicago’s eighth blackbird and more, the 14 songs contained on the record are striking and adventurous, painting jarring, abstract beats and melodies one minute while being more straightforward the next. His exploration and comprehension of rhythm and use of non-traditional instruments is fascinating to hear, ultimately helping dispel the notions and expectations around contemporary classical music as being unexciting. Adventureland, indeed.