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An Ear for a Leg [coll] – [Heartpunch]

Thurston Hunger   9/4/2005   A Library, CD

Doug Henderson + Guy Yarden rescue some music from
the shadows of forget, okay some of it’s theirs
but 5 other composers are included on this 2-CD set
of pieces for terpsichore. River Dance this is NOT,
mercifully…the 1st CD leans towards slow-motion,
though-dance while the 2nd adds momentum via a
little more propulsive percussion power. Definitely
in post-music territory, imagine dances moving
through multiple gravity. Steps of determination
and even twisting torment at times. Zeena Parkins
is the biggest name, w/ her family and Mark Stewart
she delivers some of the more abrasive/interesting
pieces. (Plus zOar is Elliot Sharp’s label) From
Gamelan junkyard clang to hive morse code to icy
techno embryos to guitar cathedral sweeps to alien
siren whoosh. Trip the sound fantastic.

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