Shkrang: Some Thoughts About Shkrang! (2006)
Occasionally this free-form trio surfaces as a twisted heavy metal avant-garde trio, aided by Paul Hession's blitzing, asymmetrical rhythms. On "Washing, Beck's howling sax lines are framed with Tucker's wacky EFX treatments.
The trio moves about with a neurotic disposition, and all hell breaks loose during several passages. Other spots feature Beck's strange bassoon bellowing along with the drummer's off-kilter interludes, spiced up with whimsical intimations. Then on the lengthy "Opera, the trio works within a supernatural wall-of-sound, aided by Hession's slashing and crashing drum patterns. In essence, the musicians accomplish quite a bit as they morph various genres into an uncanny search and destroy mission. Not for the faint of heart, but an inspiring endeavor where multiplicity and ingenuity attain a triumphant coexistence. A top avant-garde pick for 2006.
Track Listing: Archie Shepp; Ballroom Dancing; Washing; Opera; Seething; Study in C Minor.
Personnel: Mick Beck: tenor sax, amplified bassoon, voice and calls; Dave Tucker: electric guitar, laptop; Paul Hession: drums.
Record Label: Discus
Style: Modern Jazz