Nels Cline / Wally Shoup / Chris Corsano: Immolation / Immersion (2006)
The ride begins with Lake of Fire Memories. Shoup shrieks from the top of his range against Cline's jagged electro noise. Corsano sweeps them away like a human drum storm for an exhausting two minutes. The title track opens with Cline racing around the bass strings. Shoup blows low and relatively reserved as Corsano keeps up an athletic pace. They merge into one blasting extended improvisation that blows out into extended techniques of soft sounds from indeterminable sources. Electric Clineisms, soft Shoup multiphonics, and Corsano's scraped cymbals transport the listener to the language of satellites. After long spacious sound, a deep ominous rumble from Cline signals a return to fire from ice and the ensemble blazes into the finale.
Minus Mint coils sensuously with gentle nuance and beautiful tones. Cline takes a knuckle-twisting turn on "Beard of Pine, cheered on by Shoup's alto and Corsano's omni-rhythms. A restrained catching of breath restores the players to a devastating pyrotechnical display. Ending with another atmospheric interlude, "Ghost Bel Canto floats on Cline and Corsano's colors, while Shoup offers round and rough-edged snatches of alto soul.
Cline, Shoup and Corsano successfully meld their disparate voices into a unified field of sound and vision.
Track Listing: Lake of Fire Memories; Immolation/Immersion; Minus Mint; Beard of Pine; Ghost Bell Canto.
Personnel: Nels Cline: electric guitar, effects; Wally Shoup: alto saxophone; Chris Corsano: drums, wires.
Record Label: Strange Attractors Audio House
Style: Modern Jazz