Lol Coxhill & Veryan Weston: Worms Organising Archdukes (2002)
Needless to say, there’s a certain magic that permeates this outing, as the duo’s intuitive exchanges come as no surprise. Essentially, they methodically reconfigure motifs, amid counterbalancing statements and a great deal of expansive thematic occurrences. Whether Coxhill is soaring to the heavens via upper register tonalities, or when the musicians tone matters down in spots, they generate gobs of interest. The real oddity of this production lies within Weston’s use of a chamber organ on “Organ Interlude.” Here, the keyboardist casts an ethereal absurdity to the solemn implications of religious music. He uses the instrument as a vehicle for implementing strange choral voicings and a skittish single note attack. Weston and Coxhill dart and dance among interweaving call and response maneuvers and generally playful discourses. In addition, the musicians venture off into various microtonal skirmishes and humorously enacted opuses. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.the First Duet Of Worms 2.The Second Duet Of Worms 3.Organ Interlude 4.The First Archduke Trio 5.The Second Archduke Duo
Personnel: Lol Coxhill: soprano saxophone
Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz