Jairus Sharif :: Surfacing

On “Surfacing,” the first taste from Jairus Sharif’s forthcoming album, Water & Tools, the Calgary-based saxophonist just dares you to catch up. Menacing and droned-out from the jump, Sharif leaps into four-and-a-half indelible minutes of free jazz consumed with ambient electronics, dubbed out atmospherics, and pulsating percussion. Landing somewhere between Sons of Kemet and Fred Madison’s fateful Luna Lounge gig, this thing takes absolutely no prisoners.