Here's a thing. In gathering together a group of players who prefer to look forwards, DJ Wally has gone and made a record that actually sounds like it was made in the present day, rather than any time in the last forty odd years, and whilst there's no seismic shift of the magnitude that bebop was, it does at least prove that in these pluralistic, post-modern and downright odd cultural times such a feat can still be acheived.
The music here raises questions about what might be called social utility. Rarely does music which can serve as background, as can ...read more
Keef Destefano began spinning records at the age of 13. Now, as DJ Wally, his sounds saturate the New York dance underground. His first headlining session, Nothing Stays the Same, becomes the latest Matthew Shipp/Thirsty Ear All-Star collaboration to gracefully wed jazz, hip hop and techno. As his nom de spin implies, DJ Wally comes fully equipped with a surreal sense of humor.
Australian expatriate Peter Gordon, classically trained since the age of 7, dominates the recording with inexhaustible flute solos. Other soloists often appear filtered or blunted, their contributions floating through the mix. ...read more
Thirsty Ear has consciously positioned itself at a median point between popular groove-based musics and exploratory jazz. On this release DJ Wally has at his disposal music played by some of the cream of free jazz players, including Matthew Shipp, David S. Ware and William Parker. Nothing Stays The Same is composed of a number of medium length pieces, four or five minutes long, interspersed with shorter pieces, the briefest of which spans a mere 23 seconds.
Peter Gordon’s rather gorgeous, breathy flute threads its way through synth washes which soon fade out, leaving the flute to pirouette ...read more