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    Stetson, Colin – “New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges” – [Constellation]

    History repeats itself, and so does Mr. Stetson, both by
    virtue of a Vol. 2, but also in his deep-tone, deeper-breathing
    sax cycles that propel this album. This release is amped up
    a bit more than Vol. 1, but definitely recalls those cerebral
    spirals stamped like theta waves crashing on hallucinated
    beaches of Normandy. The initial blasts of Stetson’s sax sound
    like a factory warning alarm. That sucker is going to blow!
    Laurie Anderson floats in Dante-esque as the disembodied guide
    offering angular narration. Provides a dual sense of casualty.
    For a mostly one-man, one-take project, feels like a lot of
    bodies strewn about. Anderson is minimal, on tracks 2 (so
    minimal she is almost subliminal) 6, 10 and 13. The latter my
    favorite, riffing on the phrase “Of all the wires, it was
    the wires…” She sounds like a computer being a tad giddy,
    encrypting a laugh as the now extinct humans once laughed at
    it? The counterpoint to that is Shara Worden’s bluesy lament
    on 8. Dark powers, apocalypic aftermath, “what war was that?”
    This release plays well in full, but will slice fine on the
    radio. Find it in jazz, but it’s just solid weird sound.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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