Album Review

Shoup, Wally Corsano, Chris Flaherty, Paul – “Bounced Check” – [Records]

Thee Opinataur   9/11/2012   12-inch, Jazz

Recorded Live in Seattle, WA October 2005.Bounced Check is one half of a two-album collection (blank check- TYFUS).Wally Shoup-Alto Sax, Chris Corsano-Drums-Paul Flaherty- Alto/Tenor Sax. Boston Based duo Corsano and Flaherty come west to meet Shoup on his turf.Two side long plays of a classic free improve battle of west vs. east.Flaherty opens act 1 soloing, stuttering, sighing, reflecting a tired engine weary from years of battle yet determined to make another run. Shoup counters quietly from the flank secretly hoping to take advantage before Flaherty’s up to full strength. However like an experienced old soldier who may not have the quickness of his youth, he is prepared for Shoup and meets him head on with a spirited assault of his own.Corsano, deceivingly the mediator enters, however he is not here to mitigate peace, but to provoke these warriors on to their best.Shoup and Flaherty counter, retreat, counter and just when you think all will end civilly, it does not last as these two came not to make peace but unabashedly war. Corsano does his part effortlessly pushing and urging the battle on smirking all the way. These masters of noise finish bruised and battered as Corsano quietly accompanies the sun on its setting. There will be no more fighting today. Act2:Darkness turns to pre-dawn light, as both camps are abuzz shaking off the pains of yesterday’s battle.Steady and intense rues the day’s battle while each side fights bravely on. There will be no victor today, all to the delight of the observer.These experienced warriors have fought alongside as well as against each other for far too long, while all along respecting the true art of war.

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