Amazon.com Widgets

The Naked Future: Gigantomachia (2009)

By Published: | 3,461 views
The Naked Future: Gigantomachia How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Arrington de Dionyso (bass clarinet, contralto clarinet) transfuses a relentless energy into his music. He is a restless character driven to manipulate sound and seek new dimensions. He wails and he squeals and he soars high into the atmosphere, but he also gets down to the plain, exposing his ability to mark a linear trajectory. Even there, however, he is not free of his idiosyncrasies. He squeezes notes out of the clarinet that he abets with flutters. All of it fits in neatly, and with the band of cohorts he has in tow, the music is intense, pulsating, challenging and absorbing.

De Dionyso's gurus are Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
and Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
b.1940
saxophone
, but even as he soars high into the stratosphere on the wings of their influence, he has the perspicacity to land on solid ground and structure a different texture.

"We Binge on a Bloodthirsty God" explodes on the visceral force of the band. De Dionyso stretches out in a heated blaze, the rhythm pounding beneath. Gregg Skloff uses an amplified bass that adds a deeper bottom, but his arco playing rises from that grounding in his conversations with the clarinet. Into the mix falls the cool rain of Thollem McDonas' piano, his notes like sparkling water settling into the fire but not quenching it.

McDonas boldly ventures into melody as the rest of the band rains down slabs of metal and torqued phrases on "We Fly Beneath and Above the Flux." He turns it around to plonk down repetitive chords that jump off the sheets of sound that get more ferocious and absolutely delightful.

The air of chamber music wafts slowly on "We Sleep in a Rabbit Hole" as bass, drums, and piano shadow each other. The clarinet finds the open spaces to vent its tortured sound. The syllables of the instruments are the coda to a blistering journey filled with multiple textures and oddball but interesting turnstiles of the titles.

Track Listing: We Binge on a Bloodthirsty God; We Boil the Raven

Personnel: Arrington de Dionyso: bass clarinet, contralto clarinet; Thollem McDonas: piano; John Niekrasz: drums; Greg Skloff: bass.

Record Label: ESP Disk

Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Sponsor: Nonesuch Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

or search site with Google