Nate Wooley / Paul Lytton: Creak above 33 (2010)
"The Mbala Effect" has a ritual, almost hypnotic effect. Wooley's sparse notes and long intervals markedly alter the tone after its theme of mystery and dark matter is established; the effect almost unforgettable. On "The Gentle Sturgeon," the linear musical line is like a narrative, the sketch of its character quietly unfolding. "Filtering the Fogweed" is a stunning dialogue between brass man and percussion colorist, and the resultant study is iconoclastic. "The Lonely Fisherman," perhaps the most noir piece on the album, features some sinister rolls on the tympani and extraordinarily eerie effects.
The minimal instrumentation of trumpet and drums together, as lead voices in Creek Above 33, features interesting and masterly sound design. In producing a musical study from this sound canvas, Wooley and Lytton have created yet another enduring and memorable duet, taking music into a dimension where few would venture. Hats off to Martin Davidson and Evan Parker for bringing a project as rare and brave as this one to fruition.
Track Listing: The Mbala Effect; The Gentle Sturgeon; Filtering the Fogweed; The Lonely Fisherman.
Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet, amplifier; Paul Lytton: percussion, live electronics.
Record Label: Psi