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    Butcher, John/Robair, Gino “New Oakland Burr” [Rastascan]

    Recently issued capture of two 2001 sessions between local
    percussion-plus purveyor (and chief man at Rastascan) Gino
    Robair, and UK sax whacker John Butcher. The album starts
    with high-pitched twitting over a (bowed?) rumble droner;
    it’s hard to tell if that whistling is amplified Butcher or
    Robair sawing on some styrofoam or both. The key is that
    both guys are willing to stretch their sonic repetoire to
    the point of illusion. Thus at times on this you’ll get the
    “drummer” squonking away, while the “horn” player is tapping
    out a spit-rhythm or other percussion. On other tracks, both
    guys approach an alien sound together, like on “Slug Tag”
    where they are speaking metal slowscrape. Robair’s ebowed
    snare appears on the “Pudsey Surprise” like a fly trapped
    buzzing in window screen, Butcher bugzaps some electrosax.
    A lot of turf covered here from the drone-tundra of “Fid”
    and “Peal” to more squigglery on “Blagovest.” Humor not
    to be discounted, hear the sax whinny on “Vug” and Robair
    gets in on the joke, but I’m not sure on what instrument.
    Would have been great to see this in person live, these
    tracks are as short as they are strange…so they are very
    easy to squeeze in and play musical ears.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 9, 2005 at 11:14 pm
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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