Album Review

Seed and Surgery [coll] – [FREE103POINT9]

Max Level   11/20/2007   A Library, CD

Two improvised but very together tracks on this 2004 ???audio dispatch??? from NY???s fascinating Free103point9 organization. The Sapat track (13:28) is a tribal free-jazz type of thing that runs at a slow boil, gaining and losing intensity a few times over the first 9 or 10 minutes, then cranks up to a big finale. This one starts with prepared-guitar types of noises, then becomes more horn-dominated. Percussion plays a big part in the later stages. I love the short section of shrieking female voice toward the end when things have gotten particularly crazed. The SB contribute a longer piece (22:36), slow and ponderous, heavy on sustained notes and tones combining and clashing, interacting in unpredictable ways. If you stood in the middle of a field surrounded by highly resonant sheets of metal, during a howling gale with fierce winds blowing all around you, it might sound like some parts of this. (Well OK, maybe it???s not quite that noisy.) Low rumbling sounds add to the general feeling of unease.

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