Album Review

Wolfgang Fuchs (with Evan Parker and Jean-Marc Montera) “Bits & Pieces” [FMP]

cujo   2/20/2006   A Library, CD

Fuchs goes hog wild at the extremes of the reed family (sopranino sax & contrabassclarinet). For the 2nd half of the album, he invites Evan Parker (should need no introduction) and guitarist Jean-Marc Montera (we’ve got one of his FMP CDs) for two duets each. This disc submits strong evidence towards the emancipation of everything you hold dear in traditional musical instrument implementation: form, pitch, timbre, meter, melody… It is both brutal and exciting.

Bits & Pieces: 1 man evokes helicopters, high-frequency power lines, low-frequency power lines, chickens, overtones, and trills
Vocal Transfer: some over-dubbing: Wolfie recites the German vowels over whirlwinds & drones & chirps.
Cats On A Hot Tin Roof: Parker is incessant.
Earuption: Incessant squeaking by both Parker and Fuchs. Electric.
P’che Sonore: The guitar sounds ominous. Practiced balance between clarinet & guitar.
In Coda Al Treno: drony and insecty.

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-Cujo, KFJC, February 2006

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