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    horn_bill [coll] – [Matchless]

    Sonic document of a UK six way solo concert from Jan 2005 at
    291 Gallery featuring five Anglo saxmen and eine clarinetter
    Berliner. Two of the guys featured here blow their own horns
    (indeed, they give themselves the first two tracks, or see
    them as the opening artists perhaps). Nathaniel Catchpole
    delivers a muscular bucking number, great straining noisy
    sax, cylcing up like Speed Racer in parts. Then Seymour
    Wright comes on, and is he playing with his eyelashes? What
    was undoubtedly an engaging live, visual performance is a
    bit hard to track by ear here. Evidently he’s doing some
    very non-standard blowing, tapping, but not in a Mats
    Gustafsson batten-down-the-hatches kind of way. Lou Gare
    comes in with a sweet, swinging subway number. It’s the
    token toe-tapper. German Kai Fagaschinski has two pieces
    to start the second disc, he elongates droney notes over
    bridges of soft fluttering, or even silence. The first
    piece has a chirpy, squirky section about halfway in,
    tea kettle sharp…and then some real nice almost backward
    inhaling sounds at the end. The second relies on emptiness
    more and might be tricky for radio (as with the Wright
    piece). John Butcher launches with a brilliant valvy
    fusillade gets sizzling for awhile, foghorn alarms, some
    serious circular mantra breathing and the piece isn’t
    even half over! His is an insane showcase of solo sax
    glory! Something new every listen. Evan Parker rounds
    things out with his cycling homage to instrument inventor
    (and one time assistant to Stockhausen) Hugh Davies!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 20, 2008 at 7:51 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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