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Many Axes creates spontaneous music and performs on primitive instruments. Artist and master flute player Susan Rawcliffe designed and created most of the instruments this trio plays. Her clay pieces, modeled after world music traditions, seamlessly fit the improvisational manner of Rawcliffe, wind player Scott Wilkinson, and percussionist Brad Dutz.
That is, they agree on the organic nature of this recording. These people are making music that seemingly comes straight from the earth. I'm not pouring a huge bowl of granola here. The wind and beats resonate deep inside your chest. Most tracks build upon progressive layers and tones that stir mood with low light ambiance.
Rawcliffe, Wilkinson, and Dutz aren't playing jazz so much as creating instant world music. Not the musical tourist sounds of prepackaged gift shops, but the found object sounds of explorers. When we hear the three taking breaths, they each join the collective creation of music, primitive beats, soundings, harmonies, and whistles.
Like early musicians, they mimic animal sounds, the wind, thunder, and mother earth. Dig it.
Track Listing: March Of The Whales, Circuspace, Pillbug's Nightmare, Drama Dairy, Entropy, Roll Over Johann,
Mastodon Stew, Unheard Melodies, Buried There, Dali Comma, Puddle, Popping Beetles, Anto
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.