Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano: Immolation/Immersion (2005)
The three musicians have cooperated briefly in the past. Cline and Corsano performed on the vinyl-only Graduation (free103point9, 2004), and Shoup performed on a live date with Corsano (Live at Tonic, Leo, 2003), but it seems like they have been playing together for years. Hopefully this inaugural release may be the first of a series.
The brutal short opening track, "Lake of Fire Memories," sets the the tone for this encounter. Shoup shrieks over Cline's skronky guitar before the thundering drums of Corsano erupt. The 28-minute "Immolation/Immersion" is a rapid sequence of constructed and deconstructed textures, from the jagged, dense clusters of the opening movement to the extended free-form soundscapes of the middle movement. Shoup's angular, bluesy lines take off as Cline begins to use his effects-laden guitar to turn the middle movement toward abstraction, while Corsano colors these spacious soundscapes with his cymbals. Soon the lurking guitar of Cline resumes its edgy assault, accompanied by Corsano's rolling drumming and Shoup's wailings to the coda.
"Minus Mint" is a gentler piece. Shoup opts for a warmer, softer tone, while Cline and Corsano subtly punctuate his playing. "Beard of Pine" begins as an extension of the slower "Minus Mint," but it soon cooks to a bubbling mayhem. The concluding track, "Ghost Bell Canto," is another abstract piece that proves that these players can do more than just aim full frontal assaultsthey are also at their best when they focus on nuanced, subtle sonic passages.
Track Listing: Lake of Memories; Immolation/Immersion; Minus Mint; Beard of Pine; Ghost Bell Canto.
Personnel: Nels Cline: electric guitar, effects; Wally Shoup: alto saxophone; Chris Corsano: drumset, wires.
Record Label: Strange Attractors Audio House
Style: Modern Jazz