Kablys: Live at 11:20 (2010)
Mockūnas is the most distinctive of the trio, coming on like a riff- focused Peter Brotzmann. His husky vibrato and growling multiphonics, sometimes spiced with guttural vocalizations, reveal an artist apparently reveling in sound for its own sake. Although adept at exploring a wide vocabulary of percussive timbres, Naujokaitis often defaults to a rocky backbeat when the proceedings heat up. Kanevicius occasionally layers his throbbing basslines with electronic washes, but is at his most forthright with a confident pizzicato pontification on "Emphasiastic (Dedicated to Jimmy Giuffre)."
Nasal soprano saxophone sine waves over rippling bass and clattering drums introduce "Hooked" before the atmosphere turns menacing as Mockūnas' raucous baritone riffs over a punk jazz stomp. Even though they can pack a visceral punch, the most memorable moments come on the more rounded numbers with jazzier sections, like "Triumph of Pagans (In Memory of The Great Zalgiris Battle 1410)." Even here there are fractious passages, where a fiery tenor sax/drum duet interrupts the almost melodic figures otherwise proposed by the reedman.
Track Listing: Hooked; Broke; Triumph of Pagans (In Memory of The Great Zalgiris Battle 1410); Emphasiastic (Dedicated to Jimmy Giuffre); Back Door.
Personnel: Liudas Mockūnas: tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones; Eugenijus Kanevicius: bass and electronics; Dalius Naujokaitis: drums.
Record Label: NoBusiness Records
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde