Fred Frith / Stevie Wishart / Carla Kihlstedt: The Compass, Log, and Lead (2006)
The trio generates an intimate alliance of sorts, complete with chamber-like passages and nimbly transmitted harmonic developments. And the band's nouveau vibe complements its sense of antiquity during these twelve mesmerizing works. Moreover, Wishart's subliminal effects-based treatments provide a mark of detection that looms as a time stamp for future generations. It substantiates the modernism, yet counterbalances the musicians' very artistic manner of integrating a historically-minded muse into their music.
Track Listing: Time Comes Presto; A Beautiful Thing To Forget/Far ej Tackas; Look At Shy Go; Dog-Eared; I Am Buffalo Bill Today; Initially This; Postcard From The Back; I Am Map; Abstract Expressionism; Dream As A Means; Aller Retour; Time Goes Largo.
Personnel: Fred Frith: acoustic guitar, lowry organ, violin (4); Carla Kihlstedt: violin, nyckelharpa; Stevie Wishart: hurdy-gurdy, electronics, violin (4).
Record Label: Intakt Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz