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Glen Hall / trio_muo: Angles

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Canadian multi-reedist Glen Hall is noted for pushing the envelope, largely within modern jazz and free improvisational domains. This trio release exemplifies that notion rather poignantly. His interesting compositional concepts reflect learning from the masters, while concurrently sculpting his own voice. The band slices up time signatures; Hall and the rhythm section execute contrapuntal maneuvers, all within a semi-structured format. Within various cycles, bassist Michael Morse engages in counter-harmonies with Hall, providing an interesting balance for Joe Sorbara's rim shots and over-the-top maneuvers.

The band is apt to delve into a hustle and bustle groove, often complementing its ...

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Glen Hall and Outsource: The Roswell Incident

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Glen Hall is a Canadian saxophonist, whose previous release was Hallucination: Music and Words For William Burroughs. I'm no fan of Burroughs' but Hall's collaboration there struck me as being the sort of almost-compilation one often finds on labels such as Sub Rosa. The numbers on that Leo disc varied from playful jazz to text with drone and echo; a dark ambient thing mixed with great improv tracks, some featuring Roswell Rudd.

On The Roswell Incident, “Tickled Pink" starts out with the funky line, tuba doing bottom with Liberty's guitar and Tarik's oud doing the plink thing. Threadgill's flute gives ...

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Glen Hall and Outsource: The Roswell Incident

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Listen. After a brief cacophonous shout of improvised freedom, The Roswell Incident lures you in with a measured, loosely harmonized saxophone theme. The opener, “Mescal's Pastels," then breaks loose into a no holds-barred up-tempo jam. Saxophonist Glen Hall plays a leading role here, spurting fast and furious melody lines over pulsing rhythm section accompaniment. Hall and trombonist Roswell Rudd blow insistent short tones in the background as vibraphonist Allan Molnar and guitarist Michael Occhipinti take to the stage with their own relatively abbreviated melodic visions. Then it's back to the basics as the tune wraps up.

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Glen Hall: Hallucinations - Music and Words for William S Burroughs

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Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs is a tribute to the late writer William S. Burroughs. Here, multi-woodwind specialist Glen Hall paints a moving portrait of this now legendary figure with a series of pieces that cover an A to Z sonic spectrum, complete with synthesized voices, doses of grunge-rock, blues, electronics, abstracts, middle eastern themes and just about anything else imaginable. Trombonist Roswell Rudd and Canadian based bassist Don Thompson lend a helping hand along with a large ensemble who utilize conventional instruments such as guitars, bass and drums while integrating ethnocentric instruments and something called an ...

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Glen Hall: Hallucinations

Glen Hall plays tenor sax, soprano sax, bass flute, bass clarinet, as well as chipping in with electronics, samples, processing, and vocals. He is heard most clearly on tenor sax on this disc, and his is a strong voice, more bop-inflected than the environment of this disc might lead a listener to expect. For this is a tribute to the late great drughead William S. Burroughs, and it is vertiginous and just plain weird enough to satisfy old Burroughs' desiccated and depraved soul.

There are spoken-word passages, “Alamout" and “Grey Fingers," backed by swirls of sonic goo and delivered with ...



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