Paul Plimley / Barry Guy: Sensology
The very first track, "This is not much less than flat," demonstrates the range of both players. Plimley lingers long in Taylorville, but returns to a series of light block chords; Guy plays his bass as if it is a drum, a flute-anything the occasion calls for. On "Short steps until it finally dawned," Plimley sets up some shimmering figures for Barry's bow. "Rolling agreement" is a feature for Guy's scrapings on a setting of gruff low tones from Plimley.
A few brief excursions set up the title track, which is the centerpiece and longest track on the disc. Skittering figures create a field of tactile energy; Guy demonstrates his razor-like mastery with the bow. Plimley is everywhere: nods to Taylor, Olivier Messiaen, Stravinsky, whatsodam. This pair is thoroughly in sync with each other, and constantly creates inventive and ear-catching effects.
Other tracks deserve special mention: "What to do," featuring a convincingly quizzical Plimley; the aloof cool of "Jazz for now and never more," and the stinging "Joyous absence of disco." But this album is full of first-rate free improvisations by two masters, and is thus highly recommended.
Record Label: Maya