The Remote Viewers: Sinister Heights (2009)
Petts and Northover pose many persuasive propositions, spawned by their familiar woodwind charts, often constructed upon extended note choruses, teeming with counterpoint and odd-metered phrasings. They also impart a layered schema while delving into a neo=Miles DavisBitches Brew (Columbia, 1969) groove during the acoustic-electric maneuvers featured on "Souls and Cities." Variety serves as an underlying framework for the band, where Dave Tucker's funkified wah-wah guitar licks and buoyant drum programming on "Fire Rhythm," anchor the saxophonists' piercing, free-form lines.
The musicians delve into circular motifs and avant spins on Afro-Jazz-Pop settings, while executing regimented and off kilter storylines amid inquisitive moments during "Spring Flood." In other regions of sound, they generate ethereal electronics noise-shaping panoramas with chamber-esque strings and improvisational metrics. Then, on "The Crowd Accuses," the band exhorts a lighthearted and choreographed sax arrangement, spiked by punchy accents and a sense of urgency. It's a divergent set that projects numerous insights into the ever-expanding realm of jazz, in all its multicolored inferences and flavors.
Track Listing: CD1: Time Flats: Souls and Cities; Joe Narcissus and The Girl; Sinister Heights; Fire Rhythm; Terminal City; Villages Drowned By the Sea; Vixenville; An Absence of Windows; Black Thoughts in a Black Mood. CD2: Mirror Meanings: Spring Flood; Personal Hour; No More Adventures, No More Perfect Moments; The Crowd Accuses; Headstone in Love; The Land Of The Blind; And Then The Moors Came; The Faint Green of Ice (for 6 soprano saxes); Between Certainties.
Personnel: Adrian Northover; soprano and alto saxes,electronics, mbira; David Petts: tenor sax, electronics; Susan Lynch: tenor sax, flute; John Edwards: double-bass (1, 3, 8, 10, 13, 14); Steve Noble: drums (4); Adam Bohman: amplified objects (9, 11, 14); Caroline Kraabel: alto sax (12, 18); Dave Tucker: guitar (3), drum programming (1, 3); Phil Marks: drums (2, 7); Eardrum: percussion ensemble (5); Darren Tate: electronics (3, 5, 11, 18,); Ken Butcher: baritone sax (4); Rachel Bartlett: alto sax (4); Rosa Lynch-Northover: xylophone: (6).
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde