Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley: Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley Duo (2007)
But Lytton and Wooley share an interest in sound-of-itself, resisting neither the urge toward momentum nor necessarily the impulse toward climax. Their duo recording is a fleeting attack against the senses, a finely-honed twenty-six minutes ranging from small, close-mic'd movements to a mouse fight in the utility drawer.
The amount of detail is remarkablesomething they lost during the September 30th concert at Abrons Arts Center at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side. The relatively dead room left much of Wooley's intricacies lost in the mix during their duet. The second half of the concert added David Grubbs on harmonium for "The Seven Storey Mountain, a composition by Wooley built around field recordings made in Jersey City. Here, again, the bass eclipsed the treble and the low rumble of the backing track overwhelmed the live musicians,muddying an otherwise interesting piece of music that would benefit from the same studio treatment that the duo received.
Personnel: Paul Lytton: percussion and electronics; Nate Wooley: trumpet.
Record Label: Broken Research
Style: Beyond Jazz