Album Review

Spider Trio – “Rendezvous ” – [Assophon]

Thurston Hunger   7/22/2008   12-inch, Jazz

Re-issue of a live blistering at Seattle’s Rendezvous/Jewelbox
Theater. Sax attacker WALLY SHOUP becomes a Climax Golden
triplet for this, joining guitarist JEFFERY TAYLOR and DAVE
ABRAMSON who “steels” the show on drums. Abramson puts the
wince in twins, unrelenting rolls and firecracker pop on
display thoughout. Here’s my breakdown…

A1 has some levee breaking heaviness for a section beneath
the free ack-ack. A2 rolls dark electronic clouds for a spell
at the outset, nice bendomatic guitar from Taylor, that piece
builds and builds…eventually getting sparks off Taylor’s
strings, and then comes to a heart-attack end. B1 starts off
with metal shop meditation, Abramson revving up the engine
solo…Shoup eventually laces furious spirals on top, Taylor
later gets six-string hiccoughs; things get spread out half
way through, momentum gets held in check before rocketing
back but less connected then other pieces on this release.
Kind of enters a fury for fury’s sake mode, but at the end
there’s this great stark landscape waiting, with a gallow’s
humidity. B2 The best Shoup-Taylor duel so far, with a
wailing Wally over guitars from a police state, sirens and
barbed distortion. The bass drum on this piece has nearly
a seismic, electronic thump. -Thurston Hunger

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