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Shkrang: Some Thoughts About Shkrang!

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Surprises abound with each new release from this experimental British record label. Here, ace tenor saxophonist Mick Beck incorporates an amplified bassoon into an outing that defies even the most oddball stereotypes. I'd call it something like psycho free-jazz aligned with microtonal minimalism and garrulous space-rock. Guitarist Dave Tucker adds grunge-rock noise and eerie sounds from his laptop and the band engages in angst, discontent and maniacally centered chaos. But all in good fun, mind you.

Occasionally this free-form trio surfaces as a twisted heavy metal avant-garde trio, aided by Paul Hession's blitzing, asymmetrical rhythms. On “Washing, Beck's ...



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