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Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and ex-Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins have brought free jazz players to the attention of new and younger audiences. Moore has recorded with and promoted the music of Paul Flaherty, William Hooker, John Zorn
The two lengthy pieces (35 and 37 minutes) are examples of free jazz instant composing that charges forward with the dynamism of rock and the fraternity of jazz. Set against the passionate pulse of "Sekhmet," the Octet forges a platform for the braiding of horns and the splicing of Ricart's guitar into an animated stew. The octet is content to parboil, as individual voices solo over the stew. For such a busy session and crowded stage, the recording is first rate. The second track, "Amaterasu" grips tighter on the throat. The two drummers, Barker and Lohman engage the band in an endurance contest matching energy drumming against the other's countenance. When the intensity does break, the relative quiet of the improvising continues to crackle and sizzle with a satisfying ferocity.
Track Listing: Sekhmet; Amaterasu.
Personnel: Steve Swell: trombone; Roy Campbell Jr: trumpet; Aaron Martin: alto
Ricart: guitar: Jason Ajemian: bass; Vattel Cherry: bass: Sam Lohman:
drums; Andrew Barker: