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Orcutt, Bill & Chris Corsano – “Live At Various / Various Live” – [Palilalia]

Naysayer   5/2/2017   12-inch, A Library

Master improvisers, Bill and Chris, take over and destroy.
Did you see that movie “Unbroken” where the American soldiers are in a Japanese Concentration camp during WW II? And the masochistic guy in charge lines up all 125 American prisoners and forces them to punch the American soldier he is mad at/in love with, in the face. Just one after another. Again and again. That’s what listening to this feels like. The sound is pounding, sometimes feeling like there is no breathing room. Orcutt’s fret work is always amazing, like he is actually becoming the guitar to destroy it and transform it. Relentless. Like Corsano’s drum work. So overwhelmingly fast, changing patterns, rhythms, speeds. Like Orcutt. Each is the other, becoming the other. It’s often like violent transformation. There are quiet moments also, but even those are profoundly visceral.
The four sides are taken from two cassettes from the 1990’s called “Live at Various” and “Various Live”. From Orcutt’s label which often gives little information. All you need to know is listen. And duck the punches.

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