Joe McPhee and Decoy: Cafe Oto, London, October 29, 2011
One of the highlights came at the start of the second set where McPhee's breathy pocket trumpet evolved into heraldic lines as the initially pointillist chiaroscuro gradually coalesced until Noble's tone color play and stick-across-cymbal squeals conjoined in an exuberant passage. Another standout moment came later, courtesy of the reedman on alto saxophone, as he accompanied himself with an anguished vocal cry, part blown through the horn, which hovered somewhere halfway between speech and music. It carried a volcanic emotional charge and prompted another intense communal excursion.
Happily both this gig and the following night were recorded, and between them should yield an outstanding follow-up to this winning combination's inaugural release.