Jeff Kaiser / Tom McNalley: Zugzwang (2006)
The duo develops an off-the-wall musical documentary via wide-open improvisational flurries and expansive clusters of sound. But it's not all about bombast. They frequently delve into revved-up free-form extrapolations offset with searing, phantasmagorical electronics-drenched mania and subtly climactic inferences. Cosmic meltdowns often take precedent; on "Aristotelian Blockade, the musicians generate a cyclical, trance-inducing state of being. Fans of Kaiser, for example, shouldn't be shocked by this material. But I'll go out on a very short limb by affirming that this production is not geared for weak hearts or unadventurous minds.
Track Listing: Carbon Fianchetto; Opening Demand; Systematic Imbalance; Both Varied Situations; Organic Symmetry; Abbreviated Structure; Luft Swapping; Zwischenzug; Aristotelian Blockade; Liquid Compensation.
Personnel: Jeff Kaiser: quarter-tone trumpet, electronics; Tom McNalley: electric guitar, electronics.
Record Label: pfMentum