Wednesday, May 09, 2007

HurdAudio Rotation: Diggin' the Free Jazz and Noise

Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost Box Set - disc 3. Released in 2004. Revenant Records
3 live sets recorded April 16 - 17, 1966 at La Cave in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Albert Ayler Quintet:
Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Don Ayler: trumpet
Michel Samson: violin
Mutawef Shaheed (a.k.a. Clyde Shy at the time of this recording): bass
Ronald Shannon Jackson: drums

This disc is a nice way to get that Albert Ayler sound into the ears. The chemistry between these players is there as they bring a focused energy to these Ayler compositions. I'd forgotten how well Ronals Shannon Jackson complements Ayler's sound. Samson's violin work is a big draw for the ears.

Dave Douglas Quintet: Live at the Bimhuis. October 24, 2002. Greenleaf Music: GRE-P-011/GRE-P-012.

2 Sets recorded at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Dave Douglas: trumpet
Rick Margitza: tenor saxophone
Uri Caine: fender rhodes
James Genus: bass
Clarence Penn: drums

One of the many advantages of the Greenleaf "Paperback Series" of releases is the chance to hear the incredible chemistry at work between these players that extends well beyond their studio recordings. This double-disc edition kicks off with a beautiful, 24-minute take on "Penelope" (the studio version is just over 9-minutes on the quintet's debut release The Infinite). The creative energy never wanes as the sound of Caine's fender rhodes adds an irresistible color to the overall experience. There's also a nice cover of Beck's "Ramshackle" on the second disc.

Elliott Sharp and the Soldier String Quartet: Cryptid Fragments. 1993. Extreme: XCD 020.

Elliott Sharp: composition, computer processing/remixing, Buchla thunder
Sara Parkins: violin
Margaret Parkins: cello
Laura Seaton: violin
David Soldier: violin
Ron Lawrence: viola
Mary Wooten: cello
Michelle Kinney: cello

This is one disc I come back to periodically as Sharp's compositions for strings hold the most interest for me. The title work, "Cryptid Fragments" is a four-movement study of severely manipulated violin and cello samples that showcases Sharp's ear for abrasive textures. The "bowed string" quality is never lost, even after layers of severe digital manipulation. "Shapeshifters" and "Twistmap" are string quartet compositions, with the second one augmented by Sharp accompanying on the Buchla Thunder as he applies his sample manipulation to a live context. He's mining the same subterranean quality found in "Cryptid Fragments," but with a startlingly different sound drawn out by making these sonic alterations on the fly in "real time." "Umbra" concludes this disc somewhere in the middle ground between the title work and the string quartets with a duet for cello and Buchla Thunder.

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